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
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.
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.
where all sides are equal. Long, straight profil without break in line. Firm chin
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.
Large, well opened, slightly oblique. Alert expression. Colour - all eye colours allowed,
regardless of coat colour
strongly built, long. Solid bone structure.
||High on legs,
the hind legs higher than the font legs
bushy, should reach to the neck.
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.
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.
square head, porfile with a break (stop). Small ears. Too small and finely built cats
coat with lumps.
|Scale of points
||Shape of eyes