As its name implies, the Norwegian Forest Cat is a breed of feline that originated from Norway. The ancestors of the breed are believed to have been around since 1000 AD. They were short haired cats which were brought by the Vikings to Norway. Some accounts claimed that the Vikings also brought long-haired cats with them, such as the ancestors of the modern Turkish Angora and Siberian.
The breed has survived for several centuries because of the useful role they play in the lives of homeowners and farmers: They were most proficient in hunting mice and did so in exchange for a shelter in stables, homes, or barns. Today, the Norwegian Forest Cat is enjoying a great deal of popularity in France, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. 
Norwegian Forest cats are big, strong cats with sturdy bodies. They also have long legs and bushy tails. They also possess strong claws which assist them with climbing. In fact, they are regarded as instinctive climbers. They often try to reach the highest point in the house.
In addition to their large size, Norwegian Forest cats are also noted for their long and thick coat. Their beautiful coat may also appear in a variety of colors which include white, lilac, lavender and chocolate.
Norwegian Forest cats are known to be friendly and gentle breeds of felines. They are usually fond of human companionship, however they are not the types that demand constant petting and attention from their owners. They do appreciate human company, however they may be reserved and standoffish towards strangers. 
Norwegian Forest cats are noted to be friendly and laid back – which makes them a perfect choice for families with cat-friendly dogs as well as children. They can do well with children who treat them with politeness and respect. Although they love spending time with their families, this breed of cat may also do fine when left alone for a period of time.
Despite the fact that the breed has long and fluffy hair, they do not require frequent and extensive grooming compared to other long-haired breeds. In fact, brushing the coat at least once a week will already do in most times of the year. However, frequent brushing may be required during spring because it is the time of the year when heavy shedding occurs. Therefore, frequent grooming will be ideal during this time. 
According to research, Norwegian Forest cats can live for 14 to 16 years.
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