official standard for Norwegian Forest Cat|
From January 1st 2001, there is a new FIFe
standard for the Norwegian Forest Cat.
new standard is based on the proceedings of the FIFe judges seminar held on May
The standard was
officially accepted at the FIFe General Assembly May 30th 1998 in Denmark. The
proposal was voted for by all delegates.
what's changed? The quick answer is "nothing". What's been added to the standard
is basically clarifications and represent the principles used by FIFe judges and
the goals of the breeders. The NFC standard isn't as descriptive as one could
wish, but this is a step in the right direction.
text in Italic
triangular, where all
sides are equally long: with good height when
in profile: forehead slightly rounded; long, straight profile without break
in line (no stop)
large, with good width at the base, pointed;
lynx-like tufts and long hair out of the ears
high and open, so that the outer lines of the ears follow the lines of
the head down to the chin.
large and oval, well opened, set slightly oblique
colours permitted, regardless of coat colour
long, strongly build.
Solid bone structure
high legs; the hind legs higher than the front legs
large, round, in proportion with the legs
long and bushy, should rach at least
to the shoulder blades, but preferably to the neck
Structure semi-long. The woolly undercoat
is coverd by a water repellant overcoat. These long, coarse and glossy
guardhairs cover the back and the sides. A fully coated cat has a shirfront, a
full frill and knickerbockers.
All colours ar permitted, including all
colours with white;
pointed patterns and choclate, lilac, cinnamon and fawn.
amount of whit is allowed, i.e a white blaze, white locket, white chest, white
on belly, white on paws etc.
* too small and finely built cats
round or square head
with a break (stop)
* set to widely
* set to close
* thin legs
* knotted with lumps
* too silky
the standard didn't consider incorrect ear placement or soft and silky fur as
faults. Another good clarification, since many cats have lost points on this.
fur is only scored for structure and quality.
slow development inherent in the breed should be considered.
Grown males have wider heads than the
and quantity of the undercoat varies with the seasons.
guard hairs may require up to six months to develop.
Total 100 points
Head general shape, nose, profile,
jaw and teeth, chin 20
shape, size and placement 10
shape, expression 5
shape, size, bone struture, legs, shape of paws 25
Tail length and shape 10
Coat quality, texture, length 25
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