The Norwegian Forest Cat is a sturdy cat with a distinguishing double coat and easily recognizable body shape. It is a
slow maturing breed, attaining full growth at approximately five
years of age.
The head of a Norwegian Forest Cat should be an equilateral triangle, where all sides are of equal length as measured from the outside of the base of the ear to the point of the chin. The neck is short and heavily muscled.
The nose itself should be straight from the brow ridge to the tip of the nose without a break in the line. Any break or whisker pinch is a disqualifier. The flat forehead continues into a gentle curved skull and neck.
For the muzzle, it should be part of the straight line heading down the profile, possessing no pronounced whisker pads and without any pinch.