I like to believe my shelter rescue is a skogkatt. She has the physical characteristics of one: almond shaped eyes, fur between paws, wooly undercoat, soft meow, strong claws, long mane,....but what I love best about her is her personality. She demands attention. She is always close by wanting to snuggle. However, when she is mad she is a spitfire!
The name is "Norsk skogkatt". It was accepted as a special breed (en rasekatt) around 1975. I got my first skogkatt in 1976. She was found in a barn and was afraid of people (except me) for a long time. She had to be judged by a jury of 4 serious men to be called a Norsk skogkatt. Her kittens had to be judged as well to be called "norsk skogkatt", before I could sell them.
Norwegians call them "skogkatter".
Only cat people know a lot of cat breeds. To most, there are tabby cats (with striped or spotted markings), either long or short haired, calicos, siamese (which is a breed but also markings). gray cats, black cats and yellow cats. Many of the formally recognized breeds can come in any or all of these colors. I have a cat that has what are called lynx point siamese markings (blue crossed eyes, cream undercoat but tabby striped markings, darker ear tips and tail tip. ) But most people just say - what is he?