The domestic cat appeared in Norway sometime after
A.D. 1000. The Siberian and the Turkish Angora, natural longhaired
breeds from Russia and Turkey, respectively, have been named as
possible precursors of the large, densely furred Norwegian Forest
Cat, as have descendants of crosses between Angoras and Scottish
Wildcats. Norwegian Forest Cats are gentle, friendly cats that enjoy
climbing and, according to one source, fishing. They thrive in a
busy household with lots of children, other animals, and plenty
of action. While these cats love to be with people, they don't necessarily
want to be on them.
The Norwegian Forest Cat is large, sturdy, and boxy, with back legs
that are slightly longer than the front legs and paws tufted with
fur between the toes. The head is triangular, with widely spaced
ears and large, almond-shaped eyes that range in color from green
to hazel to gold. White cats may have blue eyes or odd eyes.
Weight: Females range from 8 to 14
lbs, Males 12 to 18 lbs.