Male vs. Female Norwegian Forest Cat

Just considering appearances alone there are some marked differences between the male and female Norwegian Forest Cat. Despite their clear contrast in size, their personality differences are much less subtle, but could still play a role in deciding which gender to buy from a breeder.

It’s also important to keep in mind that neutering male Norwegians will reduce the personality and temperament differences significantly.


  • Smaller in size (9 to 12 lbs)
  • Mature slightly sooner
  • Less muscular
  • Slightly more independent
  • Have a less full coat


  • Larger in size (12 to 16 lbs)
  • Mature slightly later
  • More muscular
  • Have higher likelihood of obtaining certain hereditary diseases
  • Sometimes (but not always) more affectionate
  • Have a stronger urine smell
  • Have a fuller coat

As mentioned previously, although the Norwegian Forest Cat differs greatly in size across genders, their personality differences are much more subtle. While there might be some value in considering gender when buying a Norwegian, there are probably other factors that have greater impact on the personality and temperament on the cat such as environment, the temperament of their parents and the socialization they had as a kitten. Regardless of the gender you get, chances are you’ll have an incredibly lovable Norwegian Forest Cat.