The Norwegian Forestcat Standard

adopted by the FIFé GA 28./29. May 1999 in Ringsted,
 legally from 01. January 2000


General Size large
Head Shape triangular, where all sides are equally long; with good height when seen in profile; forehead slightly rounded; long, straight profile without break in line (no stop)
  Chin firm
Ears Shape large, with good width at the base; pointed tips; with lynx-like tufts and long hair out of the ears
  Placement high and open, so that the outer lines of the ears follow the line of the head down to the chin
Eyes Shape large and oval, well opened, set slightly oblique
  Expression alert expression
  Colour all colours permitted, regardless of coat colour
Body Structure long, strongly built; solid bone structure
Legs   strong, high on legs, hind legs higher than the front legs
 Paws   large, round, in proportion to the legs
Tail   long and bushy, should reach at least to the shoulderblades, but preferably to the neck
Coat Structure semi long. The woolly undercoat is covered by a smooth, water repellant uppercoat which consists of long, coarse and glossy hair covering the back and the sides. A fully coated cat has a shirtfront, a full frill and knickerbockers
  Colour all colours are permitted, including all colours with white; except pointed patterns and chocolate and lilac, cinnamon and fawn. Any amount of white is allowed, i.e. a white blaze, white locket, white chest, white on the belly, white on the paws, etc.
  Remarks Coat is evaluated only on texture and quality.
Very slow maturing of this breed should be taken into account.
Mature males may have broader heads than females.
Length of coat and density of undercoat vary with the seasons.
Kittens can take up to six months of age to develop guardhairs.
Faults General too small and finely built cats
  Head round or square head; 
    profile with a break (stop)
  Ears small ears
    set too widely apart
    set too close together
  Legs short legs
    thin legs
  Tail short tail
  Coat dry coat;
    knotted with lumps
    too silky
Scale of points Total   100 points
  Head general shape, nose, profile, jaw and teeth, chin 20 points
  Ears shape size and placement 10 points
  Eyes shape, expression 5 points
  Body shape, size, bone structure, legs, shape of paws 25 points
  Tail length and shape 10 points
  Coat quality and texture, length 25 points
  Condition   5 points

Changes from the previous version (1994) of the standard are shown like this. There are no deletions.

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