With long bushy hair covering its large frame, the Norwegian Forest Cat is a suitable name to describe this breed native to Norway. The Norwegian forest cats are a very popular breed of cats in the Nordic countries, they are one of the most popular pet choices in Norway, Iceland, Sweden, and also France.
It is believed that they were brought by the Vikings in Norway during the early Middle Ages from the British archipelago, and since then they became accustomed the Scandinavian cold climate. This is why their fur had grown rather long compared to that of other breeds of cats.
The Norwegian forest cat figures in fairy tales and legends, one being that the Norse goddess Freya’s chariot is pulled by six giant cats. Several Norse legends depicts their ancestors as mountain-dwelling fairy cats with an incredible climbing skill.
It is believed that their ancestors served on the Norse longboats as mousers during Viking raids. Aside from being used on sea, these cats were prised in medieval Norway for their hunting aptitudes and their talent in regards to climbing, being an indispensable pet on farms.