Norwegian Forest Cats and Maine Coons are thought to have a distant common ancestor and share many characteristics, but they do have several key differences. Norwegian Forest Cats are also known as Skogkatt (or Skaukatt in Norway), and are also fondly referred to as Wegie. Maine Coons are sometimes referred to as Coon Cat or Maine Cat, Snowshoe Cat or Maine Shag, American Longhair and Gentle Giants. As their names imply, Norwegian Forest Cats hail from Norway while Maine Coons call the northeastern United States their home.
The Norwegian Forest Cat is an intelligent breed. Though independent, they are not defiant by nature and can be obedient when treated well. Norwegian Forest Cats are a popular choice for many families because they are patient and gentle with children. They do not feel threatened by loud and playful kids like other breeds are, and they have a natural affectionate nature toward their immediate family.
Norwegian Forest cats come in a myriad of colors. In addition to color variations, they can have numerous coat patterns. Most colors and patterns of Norwegian Forest Cats are widely accepted by fanciers, so unlike other breeds, you don’t need to worry too much about a particular color or pattern signaling impurity with the exception of a handful of colors we will discuss shortly. In fact, patterns are not even documented at the time of breed registration because of the countless possibilities and variations.