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Norsk Bijou Cattery

The Breed - FIFe Standard (2006)

Category II NFO Norwegian Forest Cat Standard
General Size Large
Head Shape triangular, where all sides are equally long; with good height when seen in profile; forehead slightly rounded; with 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 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 shoulder blades, but preferably to the neck
Coat Structure

Semi-long. The woolly undercoat is covered by a water repellent uppercoat which consists of long, coarse and glossy guardhairs covering the back and the sides
a fully coated cat has a shirtfront, a full frill and knickerbockers


all colours are permitted, including all colours with white; except pointed patterns and chocolate, 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 General
  • very slow maturing of this breed should be taken into account
  • mature males may have broader heads than females
  • coat is evaluated only on texture and quality
  • length of coat and density of undercoat vary with the seasons
  • kittens can take up to 6 months of age to develop guard hairs
Faults General
  • too small and finely built cats
  • round or square head
  • profile with a break (stop)
  • small ears
  • set too widely apart
  • set too close together
  • short legs
  • thin legs
  • short tail
  • dry coat
  • knotted with lumps
  • too silky


Scale of Points




Head general shape, forehead, nose, profile, jaw and teeth, chin


Ears shape, size and placement


Eyes shape, expression


Body shape, size, bone structure, legs, shape of paws


Tail length and shape


Coat quality and texture, length





Recognized Colour Varieties
Remarks Norwegian Forest Cat is judged in one of the following colour variety groups, i.e. in each colour variety group a certificate can be awarded
Amber and Light amber are only recognized for black and blue within the existing colour varieties of the Norwegian Forest Cat
Colour EMS Code
Group I
Black/Blue NFO n/a
Amber/Light amber NFO nt/at
Group II
Black/Blue with white NFO n/a 01/02/03/09
Amber/Light amber with white NFO nt/at 01/02/03/09
Group III
Black/Blue agouti NFO n/a 22/23/24/25
Amber/Light amber agouti NFO nt/at 22/23/24/25
Black/Blue golden NFO n/a y 11/12/22/23/24/25
Group IV
Black/Blue agouti with white NFO n/a 01/02/03/09 21/22/23/24/25
Amber/Light amber agouti with white NFO nt/at 01/02/03/09 21/22/23/24/25
Black/Blue golden with white NFO n/a y 01/02/03/09 11/12/21/22/23/24/25
Group V
Red/Cream/Tortie solid/agouti NFO d/e/f/g
NFO d/e/f/g 22/23/24/25
Amber/Light amber tortie solid/agouti NFO ft/gt
NFO ft/gt 22/23/24/25
Red/Cream/Tortie golden NFO d/e/f/g y 11/12/22/23/24/25
Group VI
Red/Cream/Tortie solid/agouti with white NFO d/e/f/g 01/02/03/09
NFO d/e/f/g 01/02/03/09 21/22/23/24/25
Amber/Light amber tortie solid/agouti with white NFO ft/gt 01/02/03/09
NFO ft/gt 01/02/03/09 21/22/23/24/25
Red/Cream/Tortie golden with white NFO d/e/f/g y 01/02/03/09 11/12/21/22/23/24/25
Group VII
Black/Blue/Red/Cream smoke/silver NFO n/a/d/e s
NFO n/a/d/e s 11/12/22/23/24/25
Amber/Light amber smoke/silver NFO nt/at s
NFO nt/at s 11/12/22/23/24/25
Tortie smoke NFO f/g s
Tortie silver NFO f/g s 11/12/22/23/24/25
Amber/Light amber tortie smoke/silver NFO ft/gt s
NFO ft/gt s 11/12/22/23/24/25
Group VIII
Black/Blue/Red/Cream smoke/silver with white NFO n/a/d/e s 01/02/03/09
NFO n/a/d/e s 01/02/03/09 11/12/21/22/23/24/25
Amber/Light amber smoke/silver with white NFO nt/at s 01/02/03/09
NFO nt/at s 01/02/03/09 11/12/21/22/23/24/25
Tortie smoke/silver with white NFO f/g s 01/02/03/09
NFO f/g s 01/02/03/09 11/12/21/22/23/24/25
Amber/Light amber tortie smoke/silver with white NFO ft/gt s 01/02/03/09
NFO ft/gt s 01/02/03/09 11/12/21/22/23/24/25
Group IX
White NFO w
with blue eyes NFO w 61
with orange eyes NFO w 62
with odd eyes NFO w 63
with green eyes NFO w 64