Norwegian Forest Cat
Norwegian Forest Cat – One of the oldest breeds, the history of which is covered with mystery. Locals told many stories about these very beautiful and strong zhivotnyh. Pri their beauty, these magnificent animals have the coat and it is very strong animals.
To survive in extremely cold climates, Norway, ancestors forest cat got quite long and thick fur to endure snow and wind. To maintain the population had cats develop a wide variety of quality, and most importantly – be quick and good hunters. Although now the Norwegian Forest – a domestic breeds, she retained the lush, long hair and sharp wit those cats who lived in the wild for many centuries ago.
In America and the rest of Europe, this breed is relatively new. But the Norwegians confidently say that wild cat living in them for centuries, referring to a large long-haired “cat-troll” is often mentioned in the myths of the northern peoples, their legends and poems. For example, Freya, the goddess of love, fertility and beauty, traveled in a chariot drawn by a pair of huge long-haired cats.
According to some scholars, Norman semi-wild cats, and those animals that met the settlers in North America – the descendants First Norwegian forest cats, travel with the Vikings.
The first more or less the exact date of the appearance of Norwegian cats – in 1599, when the priest and naturalist described this breed. He called her “a predatory cat.” And in 1841, after the publication of “Norwegian Folk Tales” cat with a long bushy tail and becomes a hero of popular fiction.
After the Second World War, the breed fell on hard times. Norwegian cat freely and actively crossed with shorthair cats farm and some fanciers feared, not without reason, that it could disappear altogether. To rescue the breed has taken several measures. As a result, in 1975 the Norwegian club cats set strict rules for the Norwegian breeding cats.
To make sure that participate in the breeding program of real forest cat, the club hosted the meeting at which the owners of cats cats can demonstrate formal committee Breeding. If the committee recognized the cat of this forest, the owner can register it as such. Before a cat shows readiness to top of procreation, it was necessary to bring it back to committee.
In 1977, the International Federation of cat lovers in Paris at its General Assembly fully recognized this breed, adopted its official standard and allowing the Norwegian Forest Cats participate in all European cat shows.
Cats of this breed are rather large animals. Adult cat weighs 5 to 9 kg cat weighs less.
One of the distinguishing features of this breed – a two-layer waterproof coat. Outercoat long, shiny and soft, and under it – a thick, similar to the touch on the cotton wool with a protective, water-repellent oily hairs.
Due to the coat tight, the cat looks very solid, but it has a pretty small body size.
Another characteristic feature – the fur around the neck folds, the so-called thick “ruff” – long hair falls down her cheeks triangle as a beard.
On the hind legs must be “pants”. On the back of “pants” outer coat of wool is not, as they closed long hair tail.
On the neck collar long.
The type and quality of wool – it is one of the defining features of the breed. But the color and pattern play a subordinate role – in color are acceptable all color variations (except Siamese) with a white undercoat (bicolor and tricolor).
The body is long, strong and flexible. The legs are long. The head is triangular in shape, with a strong chin and a long straight nose. The ears are large, sharp, with brushes, like a lynx. Located high on the head. The distance between the ears and wide ears tilted forward themselves.
The tail is long and very fluffy.
The eyes are large, all colors are admissible. Nose leather and paw pads – suitable color for this coat color.
Disadvantages of rock – dry, disheveled hair, short tail, short nose, round or rectangular head, small ears (and the small distance between the ears), very long or elegant style, short legs.
Handsome Norway, not only physically, but also spiritually. He’s a great companion that is always there, but not impose their society, although happy to accompany you in the implementation of what some business affairs or a walk in the fresh air, of course, if he lives outside the city and it is his usual habitat, Unlike a city apartment. Norway gets on well with other pets and children. If it is something not to like, it will take more than that to achieve his, angry, trivia, and even more so for revenge. This is higher than his aristocratic dignity.
In the opinion of the owners, it is calm and unpretentious. Sufficiently agile and energetic, loves to play, gets along well with children and any other animals. Contact and very smart, but sometimes it becomes inhospitable, seeking solitude.
Of course, it is much better to live a private home, where it will be gorgeous hostess and be able to apply their hunting qualities.
Do not prolific, good caring mother. Kittens are born, usually strong and sturdy, it is recommended since the birth accustomed to arms. Wool they formed from 3 to 5 months, starting to acquire a characteristic shine. Very interesting to watch during feeding kittens cling to the fur of the mother. In this way, the cat can move them from place to place. Apparently, this property is an essential for the survival of babies in the wild.
Cat lovers often faced with the problem of similarity among the three, at first glance, similar breeds: Norwegian Forest, Siberian and Maine Coon. To distinguish them, we should remember that the head of the Norwegian Forest relative to the size of the body does not look too big and massive and has a triangular-shaped snout, unlike the round, broad head and rectangular faces Sibiryaka Maine Coon.
Forest cat graceful and smaller of the two breeds. Also characteristic of the breed – its wool – even in seasonal shedding has greasy luster and water repellent. The tail is not subject to Norwegian Forest moult and always retains its splendor.
Norwegian Forest Cat: Standard WCF
The body from the average to large, long strong body with massive bone structure. Legs long, muscular hind legs longer than the front; feet wide, round, with tufts of hair between the toes. The tail is very long, at least equal to the length of the body, evenly pubescent, with abundant undercoat.
Head in the form of an equilateral triangle. Long straight profile, strong chin.
The ears are very large, broad at the base, set high, so that the outer contours of the ear in a straight line directed to the cheeks. Decorated with tassels and lynx brushes.
Big Eyes wide open, oval; color must be uniform and in harmony with coat color.
The wool of medium length. Abundant soft undercoat covered with long, shiny, solid and water-repellent hair. The top coat covers the back, sides and upper part of the tail. The lower part of the body and the rear surface of the rear legs have top coat. Long collar, triangular “beard”, starting from the cheeks, and “pants” give finality appearance Norwegian cat.
Colors Chocolate, cinnamon and a corresponding weakening of colors (lilac and fawn) are not recognized in any combinations (including tabby, bicolor, tricolor); acromelanic colors are also not recognized. All other colors are recognized.
Disadvantages Dry dumped or wool; silky texture.
Flaws Short limbs, stocky body, short nose with break dancing, round or rectangular head, small ears in adult cats (after two years), dry hair. Matted fur, short tail, and any significant deviation from the standard. Serious defect is considered a refined physique. Colors on the basis of chocolate and purple are considered evidence of crossing with other breeds.
The grading scale Body: 25
Head: 20 Eyes
Color and pattern: 05