Norwegian Forest Cat

Bosque de Noruega
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The only thing true Norwegian Forest Cat It's an ancient race.

The legend, He says that he is none other than the troll of Scandinavian fairy tales cat, But history suggests otherwise.

It is known that the domestic cat reached Norway by the year 1000 d. c. In addition to arrive with the gradual expansion of cats throughout Europe during previous centuries, cats arrived in Scandinavia due to the trade between the Vikings and the Byzantine Empire. Evidence of this movement are in some colors of fur, It is common in Turkey and Norway, but rare in the rest of Europe.

This relationship suggests the possibility that the gene for long hair came to Norway by the same trade routes. Long hair gave advantages to the harsh winters of the North, and it became a widespread Norwegian cats feature.

Gato de os Bosques de Noruega
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The skogkatt or skaukatt, as is known, not recognized as a race in his native land until the Decade of 1930, and only some decades later carried their selective breeding.

However, Since the Norwegian Forest cat has gained acceptance in its terra and abroad, Although it remains less well known that the Maine Coon , another similar past long-haired cat.

This race, also known as wegie, It continues to reflect its origins as a farm cat, and the breeders sometimes refer to him as his «little Lynx».

It is great, robust and muscular, and his triangular head is defined by a long nose. His glossy hair has a waterproof layer and a less thick, insulating. It still also has the personality of a farm cat.

These cats are flexible and agile, excellent hunters, and it is known that they fish. Although they are calm and docile companions, they are independent and tend to defend their territory with energy. A Norwegian lives happy being the only cat in the House.

Alternative names: Skogkatt / Skaukatt / Norsk Skogkatt / Norsk Skaukatt / Weegie

Breeds of cats: Norwegian Forest Cat


Norwegian Elkhound
Gray Norwegian Elkhound

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The Norwegian Elkhound or Gray Norwegian Elkhound, It is one of the ancient dog breeds of type Spitz and the national dog of Norway.

He has been employed as a Hunter, guardian, Shepherd and dog defense. This race is the product of a country of sub-Arctic temperatures, heavy snowfall, dense forests and rugged mountains, What has given rise to develop a great resistance. Bravery can highlight, perhaps due to its ancient use in the hunt for the bear and other pieces of hunting, such as Moose and wolves. The Norwegian Elkhound was presented for the first time in a dog show in Norway, in 1877.

The Norwegian Elkhound is one 45-52 cm in height and weighs up, approximately, 24 kg. Its grey fur, black and white is composed of two layers: a dense, soft fur, Black color that goes in the mouth, the tip of its tail and ears, then it will degrade grey silver legs, the tail and bottom, and then covered with a black cloak. It has a coiled tail. The Elkhound, It is a very resistant and medium-sized dog. They have a very strong bark, Why are good monitors.

The Norwegian Elkhound is very faithful to his master, an excellent family dog, If they are given adequate attention. It is bold, playful, independent, always alert, extremely intelligent, and, sometimes, a little bit naughty.

Loves the outdoors and cold weather. Need daily exercise, so do not feel frustrated or even, become destructive. It is a race, exceptionally, friendly. If it is not trained, It tends to pull the strap when we are taking a walk. This dog requires much attention so that you can understand what his place in the family, otherwise they may develop social problems and feel abandoned.

It is a very proud and noble race that may have hurt feelings when its owner is not acting in a coherent way. Although each dog is a unique, usually, this breed are very friendly and get along very well with children. They are happiest when they feel they are part of the family. This, combined with their physical characteristics, It makes a good watchdog.

Train a Norwegian Elkhound, It might be a challenge due to their intelligence and deep independent streak, But even so, is an obedient dog, of good character, and applied in their learning and training.

Norwegian Elkhound