What is certain is that the Norwegian Forest Cat is one of the cat breeds that arose naturally. This means that it was not bred specifically. It is believed that she has been rolling around in Scandinavia's forests for centuries, which also leads to the first theory about the formation of her long fur.
The Norwegian Forest Cat: a natural cat breed
It is very likely that the Norwegian Forest Cat has developed its special, very robust appearance with the long, thick fur to adapt to the Scandinavian climate. Her warming and water-repellent fur ensured that she was able to survive the cold winters well and that she was able to hunt for mice later on the farms.
It is also possible that the long-haired Turkish Angora played a role in the creation of the cat breed. These cats could have entered the country from seafarers' ships, where they were used for mouse and rat hunting. You may have paired up with normal domestic cats and brought the long fur dress into play.
Decline and targeted breeding of the cat breed
Lovers of the beautiful robust animals observe with horror that the long-haired representatives of the breed became fewer and fewer in the 1960s. It was time to contribute to the conservation of the breed with targeted breeding and to set a breed standard in order to have it officially recognized.
Maine Coon vs. Norwegian forest cat
After various attempts, it was in the 1970s that a standard was set and the cat breed officially recognized. This also increased the interest in the cat breed all over Europe: In the course of the 1980s it expanded and became more and more popular in Germany.