The Norwegian forest cat is a robust half long-haired cat. The main characteristic of this breed is their wild appearance and the special double and smooth coat that is water-repellent and slightly greasy to the touch. A Norwegian is often fully mature in fur and construction when he is 3 to 4 years old.


  • The triangle formed by drawing lines from the nose tip to the outer points of the ear base is equilateral.
  • The sides of the head are straight lines from the muzzle to the cheekbones.
  • Long, straight profile without stop becoming a flat forehead.
  • Powerful chin.




  • Large, upright ears, wide at the base.
  • The space between the ears is at least the width of an ear.
  • The ears are positioned so that the outer line of the ear forms a continuation of the lines and the shape of the head.
  • The profile looks the ears slightly turned and pointing slightly forward.
  • Desired are lynx-like plumes on the ears.
  • The inner ear is well hairy.


  • Large well-opened eyes, slightly almond-shaped and slightly angled.
  • Any eye color is allowed.

Body, legs, feet

  • Well-developed neck.
  • Pretty long, large, well muscled body with a rising back line.
  • Long well muscled firm legs with round feet.
  • The hind legs are longer than the front legs.
  • There are hair pieces between the toes.




  • Long, fully-boned tail.
    He reaches at least to the shoulders.

Coat structure

  • The Norwegian Forest Cat has a half-long double coat.
  • The dense and sometimes woolly undercoat is covered by a smooth water-repellent upper coat.
  • The shiny hairs cover the sides of the body.
  • A lot of hair on the hind legs, also called a 'pants'.

Colors and markings

  • The colors black, blue, red cream and the accompanying torties are allowed with or without silver.
  • The clarity of the tabby pattern does not play a role in the assessment.
  • Any amount of white is allowed.

NFO* Pan's Truls