The Norwegian Forest Cat Breed Standard


Triangular, where all sides are equal. Long straight profile without break in line. Forehead slightly rounded. Strong chin.

(The head including general shape, length of nose, profile and chin is awarded 20% of the total points when being judged at a show)


Large, not rounded, with good width at base. Ear placement high, and open set so that the lines of the ears follow the line of the head down to the chin. With Lynx-like tufts and long hair out of the ears.

(Ears, including shape and placement, total 10%)


Large, oval, well opened, obliquely set and alert expression. All colours allowed.

(Eyes, including shape and size, total 10%)


Big and strongly built, long and muscular with solid bone structure. Having a deep chest and powerful neck.

(Body, including overall shape, size, boning, legs, feet and paws totals 25%)


High on legs, with back legs longer than front legs. Paws large and round, in proportion to the legs. Tufts of fur between toes.


Long and bushy, should reach at least to the shoulder blades, but preferably to the neck.

(Tail, including length and fur, totals 10%)


Semi-long. the woolly undercoat being covered by a smooth, water repellent overcoat; which consists of long, coarser and glossy guard hairs covering the back, sides and tail. A fully coated cat has a shirtfront, a full ruff and knickerbockers. ( A shorter coat in summer is acceptable).

(Coat, including quality, texture, shape and length totals 25%)







Cobby, small or delicate build. Break (stop) in profile. Round or square head. Short tail (not reaching to back of shoulder blades.) Short legs. Dry, knotted coat or too soft a coat. Small ears. Round eyes. 


 NFCs come in every colour other than Chocolate, Lilac, Apricot, Caramel, Cinnamon, Fawn and Siamese pattern. Any amount of white is allowed, i.e. white on paws, chest, belly or blaze, locket etc.  Many Forest Cats are tabby patterned – this can be mackerel, classic, ticked or spotted.  There are no points for colour or pattern - the important things are coat quality and type (as described above).

Vieuxtemps Impromptu, the very first NFC to gain a title in Britain and a good example of the breed.