Norwegian Forest cat

Other name: Skogkatt

Photo: adult cat of Norwegian Forest cat breed
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Life expectancy

The Norwegian Forest cat has a life expectancy of between 14 and 16 years


Adult size

Female Between 12 and 14 in
Male Between 14 and 16 in

Adult weight

Female Between 9 and 13 lb
Male Between 11 and 18 lb
Coat colour
Black White Cream Blue
Type of coat
Eye colour

Purchase price

The Norwegian Forest cat costs between £250 and £800

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More details about the Norwegian Forest cat

Norwegian Forest cat: Origins and history

The first domestic cats from Scandinavia may have arrived with the Vikings, returning from their travels in the Middle East. The early Crusades also reportedly introduced long-haired cats from Europe, Turkey and Russia. Among these felines, those that were best adapted to the harsh and cold conditions of life were able to reproduce. This isolation led to a level of inbreeding. As a result, distinctive characteristics emerged and became the norm. The appearance of the Skogkatt thus remained very stable for several centuries, without mankind having anything to do with it.

It was not until the beginning of the 20th century that breeders decided to control and especially to protect the breed. Indeed, the growing presence of short-haired cats in Norway threatens, at this time, the traditional semi-wild long-haired cat that populates the country. After World War II, the most beautiful examples were gathered, sometimes even taken directly from the forests by these breeders who maintained the Norwegian Forest Cat and even granted it a pedigree. Today, Norway considers the Skogkatt as the country's official cat breed.

Norwegian Forest cat: Purchase price

Buying a Norwegian kitten will could cost anywhere between £250 and £800. Prices vary depending on pedigree, lineage, age and sex. It will cost on average £35 a month to provide for this cat’s needs.

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