Norwegian Forest Cat Breed: History, Temperament & Health Issues
The Norwegian Forest Breed At A Glance:

Place Of Origin: Norway
Dates Of Origin: 1930's
Average Weight Range: 7-20 lbs.
Temperament Of The Norwegian Forest: Reserved and Contained, Quiet
Breed Colors Of The Norwegian Forest: A wide variety of colors and color combinations is acceptable.

Reserved with strangers but confident with people it knows, the Norwegian Forest cat shares attributes with the Maine Coon and the Siberian.  A commanding physical presence, this gentle cat can defend its territory vigorously.  It is a superb climber and hunter, and owners living near streams say their "Wegies" like to fish!

History Of The Norwegian Forest Cat:

By AD 1000, Vikings had established trade routes with the Byzantine East.  Proof that cats were traded from Byzantium (now Istanbul) to Norway comes from Norwegian cats with colors common in Turkey but rare across Europe.  The Wegie was not regarded as a breed until the 1930's, and planned breeding began in the 1970's.  The first Wegies arrived in America in 1979 and in Britain in the 1980's.

Common Norwegian Forest Cat Health Issues:

Hip Dysplasia
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