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The Norwegian forest cat is the official cat of Norway. The wegie arrived in Norway hundreds, and perhaps even thousands of years ago. Some believe Turkish traders brought their favorite cat up north with them when they came to trade, while others believe the cat was one of the many treasures brought back during the Crusades.
The Norwegian forest cat drew some attention in 1938 when it was exhibited at a cat show. The Norwegian Forest Cat Club was formed to help preserve the breed. Unfortunately, World War II interrupted its ascent to fame. The breed almost went extinct during the war due to crossbreeding. However, the Norwegian Forest Cat Club continued to work hard to save the breed. In 1977, the breed was registered with Europe’s Federation Internationale Feline, and a few years later, wegies began showing up in the United States.
The Norwegian Forest Cat was presented to the Cat Fancier's Association for registration acceptance in 1987 and in 1993 was accepted for full championship status. 

His Look
A natural breed, wegies are long-haired, have inverted triangular heads, and almond-shaped eyes. They are bigger than most house cats; males grow significantly larger than females. While the Norwegian forest cat sports a double coat that offers excellent protection in the winter, it is believed the breed may have obtained its distinctive double coat of long fur by mating with regional cats.

His Compagny
The Norwegian Forest cat's personality is friendly, calm and gentle. They are intelligent and friendly and some have described the character as “dog-like”. The cats are generally adaptable, inquisitive and bold. Norwegian Forest cats are really good with children and other animals, making them perfect family pets.

 Breed Standard of the Norwegian :

"The beauty of a large, stately-looking cat from Scandinavia, a sturdy cat, easy-care fur and an expressive look."

The Norwegian Forest Cat is a large, heavy boned, yet elegant semi-longhaired cat, the most important features being type and coat quality. Originating in harsh natural conditions, the breed became an outdoor working cat on Norwegian Farms. The appearance of the Norwegian Forest Cat should reflect this natural heritage. The Norwegian Forest Cat matures slowly, and full development of the cat and its coat can take up to four years. A distinctive double coat is required. Coat colour is irrelevant. A cat should not be penalised if apparently wrongly registered, as there are no points for colour. The cat should have an alert expression, be in good general condition and well presented.

However, one of the most endearing characteristics of the Norwegian Forest Cat is its temperament - intelligent and fun-loving yet gentle and laid-back, energetic and sociable yet not too demanding - a "Wegie" makes an excellent and rewarding friend for life. As for grooming, this is easily dealt with by means of occasional combing - for their natural coats are largely self-maintaining.