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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.
Breed Standard of the Norwegian :
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.
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