Norwegian Forest Cats (a.k.a. Wegies) are a large breed that closely resemble their Maine Coon “cousins”. They have a rugged look with a semi-long coat and would have no problem blending right in with the other forest animals. Their fur is coarse and waterproof, so they can withstand the harsh winters of their native Norway. They come in just about every color and pattern variations (except seal point, chocolate point and Siamese of course). Wegies are natural born hunters, known for their muscular bodies and athletic nature. But just how big can they get?
Norwegian Forest Cats, the beautiful and playful cats of Norway, are becoming a more popular breed around the world every year. Their kind, loving, and gentle personality combined with a distinctly beautiful appearance have made the Wegie a favorite among fanciers and families alike.
While it is typical to expect any breed of cat to have some health issues, Norwegian Forest Cats can have both genetic and inherited health problems. If a cattery claims that their Norwegian Forest Cats are in perfect health and will never have any health issues, take this as a major red flag. The breeder should be deeply knowledgable and honest about two very common health problems in particular that frequently occur during a Wegie’s lifetime.