Scottish Fold Cat

Scottish Fold CatThe Scottish Fold is best known for its distinctive ears, which are folded forward and down, and by its large rounded eyes, which give it a sweet, wide-eyed expression. They are mellow and affectionate cats.

Scottish Folds are found in both longhaired and shorthaired varieties, in a great number of colours and pattern combinations. The longhaired variety is sometimes referred to as a "Highland Fold".

All of today's Scottish Folds can trace their ancestry to Susie, a white folded-ear cat discovered in 1961 in Scotland. Although the breed was developed in Scotland and England and the first cats were registered in GCCF, using primarily British cats in its development, the breed has yet to be accepted in its home country. The first Scottish Fold cats, originally called "Lop-eared cats", arrived in the United States in 1971. They were accepted for registration in several United States associations in the early 1970s, and the late 1970s had achieved championship status in most North American registries. Longhaired Scottish Folds followed suit in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Many Scottish Folds have the curious habit of sitting or lying in very strange postures - on their backs, sitting up in a "Buddha" position, flattening themselves out like little bearskin rugs. Their small, folded ears are unusually expressive, more so than an average cat's "normal" ears. They have soft, chirpy voices they do not use often.

 

Buyers of these wonderful cats should be aware that some Scottish Folds are prone to problems of hardening cartilige. Show Scottish Folds are taught to accept handling of their tails as judges check for one of the clearer signs of this hardening - stiffening of the tail. As this problem does not generally show up in young kittens, be sure to discuss this issue with the breeder and what guarantees the breeder will make against this condition in the future. Reputable breeders will breed only fold-ear to straight-ear to guard against this problem. Be concerned about any breeders who are breeding fold-ear to fold-ear. Scottish Folds may still use British Shorthairs and American Shorthairs as allowable outcrosses.

Interesting fact: Not all Scottish Fold kittens will have folded ears. All Scottish Fold kittens are born with straight ears. It isn't until the kitten is about three weeks old that a breeder will begin to know which kittens will have folded ears and which will not. There are degrees of folding, too -- usually described as a single, double, or triple fold. A single fold is generally a "loose" fold and isn't show quality. The most desirable fold is a triple fold, which is tight to the head. Owners of tightly-folded Scottish Folds need to check their insides of their cats' ears frequently, as they can become dirty over time.However, straight-eared Scottish Folds are sought after in breeding programs and still make wonderful pets.

BooBoo, staff member of the FBRL, is a brown classic tabby Scottish Fold and Grand Premier in CFA.

Associations: The Scottish Fold is accepted by all major North American cat registries.

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