Amber Norwegian Forest Cat

It was thought that the amber Norwegian Forest Cat was unique amongst all the cat breeds. I am not sure if that is still the case. In other words, the yellow coat color caused by the presence of a recessive gene (which used to be called "X-Colour"), was apparently not seen in other cat breeds. This is a yellow recessive mutation (symbol e).

Scientific work published in August 2009 indicates that the amber coat color in the Norwegian Forest Cat is "caused by a single MC1R allele called e, which has never been documented". I have quoted that verbatim in the interests of accuracy. The work was carried out by M. Peterschmitt et al - see link to scientific journal.

Below I publish two photographs from the Crystalfjord Cattery. I have requested permission to publish one or two of their photographs without a response so do so here while providing a link to their cattery website in exchange. If that is unsatisfactory, please contact me here.

Dorian - picture copyright Crystalfjord Cattery

Dorian - picture copyright Crystalfjord Cattery

Crystalfjord are an American cattery located in Waldorf, Maryland, USA. Dorian's full name is: Dorian vom Trollberg. He is a superb, very impressive amber Norwegian Forest cat. Apparently, he has a great personality too. Please visit the cattery website and see more of him.

This is an email from Damaris Rose:

Hello, I just discovered your NFO page. I have recently obtained the full CFA pedigree for one of ours and wanted to let you know of an error in identification of the Amber NFO you posted in 2012 from Crystalfjord cattery (no longer in existence). Dorian vom Trollberg, an ancestor of our cat, was not an Amber, he was a blue mackerel tabby.


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