The History

The Skogkatt has been around for centuries. We know this because of cat descriptions in fairy tales that historians say are very old indeed. It has been described in a children's book in 1912, and the artist Olaf Guldbransson has a drawing of a grand champion type Skogkatt in his autobiography - the drawing was made about 1910.

The cat fancy in Norway got started as late as 1934, and not until 1938 did anyone think of the Skogkatt as a special breed. then, suddenly, everybody had other priorities for a while.

The Skogkatt was almost forgotten until the beginning of the 1970's, when a group of fanciers started breeding programs in earnest. The people who had shown a few "skaukatt" in 1938 and got very favorable reactions from Danish and German judges, recruited some more breeders and got going.

The Norwegian National Association of Pedigree Cats, or Norske Rassekattklubbers Riksforbund (NNR), was founded as late as 1963, and some of the founders were very interested in the Skogkatt. FIFe international approval was given in 1976 and the cats started spreading out into the world. The first two cats exported were sold to Sweden, and the first wegies came to the US on November 29, 1979. (They were male's Pan's Tigris, brown-tabby, breeder Else Nylund, and female Mjavo's Sala Palmer, black-white, breeder Solveig Stenersrød, bought by Sheila Gira, Michigan, of Mycoon Cattery. Thanks to the Claris, Elsa and Susan Shaw for this info.

Side note: the cat breed is registered with the Department of Trade as exportable goods..

All registered NFO cats (FIFe registered) are descended from Norwegian cats, with no outcrossing allowed. A possible exception is Finland, where novices were accepted until about 1992.

Characteristics and temperament

A Skogkatt is a family member, like most cats. It is often a bit reserved with strangers, but usually gentle, friendly cats. Most are not lap cats. Maybe just as well, the males can weigh 10 kg. Headbumping and chin-scratching is of course a must, but with some restraint - you don't have to pet them all the time. He'll tell you, quietly, when it is needed. (If you ignore him, he'll get louder)

Is it a Breed for me?

if you like a cat that bonds to you and likes being with you, that is not overly demonstrative, needing to be petted and pampered most of your time, that doesn't talk all the time - only when something needs to be said - that loves the outdoors - and can stand a cold climate, yet lives quietly indoors if you live in a place where that is necessary - that look like a cat should.
Breed Standard
Head Triangular, where all sides are equal. Long, straight profil without break in line. Firm chin
Ears High and open, with good widht at the base, so that the lines of the ears follow the line of the head down to the chin. With lynx-like tufts and long hairs out of the ears.
Eyes Shape - Large, well opened, slightly oblique. Alert expression. Colour - all eye colours allowed, regardless of coat colour
Body Large and strongly built, long. Solid bone structure.
Legs High on legs, the hind legs higher than the font legs
Tail: Long and bushy, should reach to the neck.
Coat Structure: Semilong. The woolly undercoat is covered by smooth, water repellent overcoat. This is glossy hair covers the back and the sides. A fully coated cat d'has a shirtfront, a full ruff and knickerbockers.
Colour All colours allowed (except pointed patterns and chocolate, lilac, cinnamon and fawn), including all colours with white. Any amount white is allowed, i.e. white locket, white on the chest, the belly or a whiteblaice, white on the paws, etc.
Faults Round or square head, porfile with a break (stop). Small ears. Too small and finely built cats
Short legs, short tail.
Dry, knotted coat with lumps.
Scale of points Type 25
  Coat 25
  Head 20
  Ears 10
  Tail 10
  Shape of eyes 5
  Condition 5
  Total 100
Thank you very much to the Norsk Skogkattring and Björn Steensrud
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