Huge Norwegian Forest Cat the size of a large Maine Coon

On average, the Norwegian Forest Cat (NFC) is smaller than the Maine Coon but there are exceptions and this is one of them. Not all MCs are larger than NFCs. This TikTok video illustrates the point. This NFC is very classic in terms of 'type' meaning desired appearance as per the breed standard. Super appearance. Huge Norwegian Forest Cat the size of a large Maine Coon. Image: MikeB from screenshots. Here is the video. For me it is a bit irritating because of the soundtrack. Horrible for me. But the point is made about size. This is a great NFC. A classic in terms of coat: a grey tabby-and-white. It is his size which is untypical for this breed although they are one of the largest domestic cat breeds challenging the supremacy of the Maine Coon sometimes .

Norwegian Forest Cat at a cat show

Photo: Flickr. Sorry I have lost the photographer's name.

Well, this is an ordinary looking photo in terms of artistic excellence and interest but it is nonetheless interesting in terms of the calmness of this show cat amid the hustle, bustle and noise of a cat show.

This is obviously a seasoned show cat as is the breeder! You can see on the board behind him that he has said that he has been in the business of breeding and showing cats for 30 years. He knows NFCs.

When I have been at cat shows I have found some cats to be incredibly calm and accepting. Nothing phases them. But I have seen some stressed cats who dive into the cover of their blankets in their cages, which are dressed up like little furnished rooms. Some cats breeds, though, are more placid anyway. One is the British Shorthair. The NFC as far as I remember is also a pretty laid back cat. There will be differences from cat to cat too, of course.

This cat seems to be a brown tabby and white Norwegian Forest cat. At first glance it can be a bit tricky to tell the difference between an NFC and an MC but there is an unmistakable difference in the shape of the face provided the face and head is to type (per the breed standard).

See the original photo on the Flickr site

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  1. Yes, especially their profiles (NFC's rather long and almost straight and MC's distinct bridge of the nose). I love MC's massive faces but NF cats are no less beautiful.


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