Norwegian Forest Cat vs Maine Coon Cat

Norwegian Forest Cats are more energetic and adventurous while Maine Coons are laidback and easygoing.


Maine Coons are larger, with males weighing up to 25 lbs compared to 15 lbs for Norwegian Forest males.


The Norwegian Forest Cat has a semi-long triple coat while the Maine Coon has a shaggy medium-long coat. 


The Norwegian Forest Cat is native to Norway while the Maine Coon originated in the U.S. state of Maine.

Native Breed

Norwegian Forest Cats have fewer genetic health issues compared to Maine Coons.


Both breeds are highly intelligent and can learn tricks, walk on leashes and more.


Norwegian Forest Cats have higher predatory instincts and love to hunt, chase and climb.

Prey Drive

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