Scottish Fold

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Is the Scottish Fold right for you?

The basics:
The owl-faced Scottish Fold has a look you’re not soon to forget. Their round face, chubby cheeks, and big bright eyes are hard to ignore, but the most unusual aspect of the Scottish Fold are their ears. The Scottish Fold’s ears have a natural fold that can either be slight or so tightly folded as to lay flat to the head. The ears are still mobile – they can swivel and perk when something catches their interest. The look is undeniably cute. Pair that with a sweet-natured, inquisitive, and people-loving personality, and it’s not hard to see why so many have been taken in by their charms.

There has been some controversy in the breeding of the Scottish Fold as certain genetic combinations can result in a painful degenerative joint disease. When choosing a Scottish Fold, it’s important to find an experienced, reputable breeder who can explain your cat’s lineage and ensure that incorrect breeding combinations haven’t been used. Even then, some Folds will develop joint issues later in life.

Appearance / health:
If you could only use one word to describe the Scottish Fold, that word would surely be “round”. Their medium-sized body is rounded with somewhat thick legs and rounded feet. The tail is thick with a rounded tip. The Scottish Fold’s head is most definitely round, a trait particularly highlighted by their characteristic small, tightly folded ears and round cheeks. They have large, round eyes, a wide muzzle and rounded whisker pads. The nose is broad and short with a gentle curve. The Scottish Fold’s neck is very short, and blends in to the stocky body.

The Scottish Fold gets its name from their uniquely curled ears, although some litters will produce cats with folded and straight ears. All Folds are born with straight ears, but those with the gene will develop a fold within their first month. The degree of the fold can vary from a single fold to even double and trible folds. The fold is caused by a gene that affects the cartilage of the ear and causes the cat no discomfort.

The Scottish Fold can be either short or longhaired. The short coat is dense and plush, with a soft texture. The long coat is medium to long with extra-long britches, toe tufts, ear tufts, and a plumed tail. The longhaired Fold may also have a neck ruff. They may come in all varieties of colors and patterns, with eye color often dependent on coat: white or bicolor coated cats may have blue or odd-eyes.

Unfortunately, the Scottish Fold is susceptible to a few disorders. In particular, osteochondrodysplasia is a developmental abnormality that affects cartilage and bone development. It is this condition that causes the Scottish Fold’s ears to bend. Scottish Folds who carry two copies of this gene may be affected by painful degenerative joint disease at an early age. Folds with only one copy of the gene may also be affected by this condition, but usually to a lesser degree. Because of this condition, some researches have suggested the Scottish Fold no longer be bred, and there are some registries that will not accept them.

In addition, Scottish Folds are also more susceptible to polycystic kidney disease and cardiomyopathy. The average lifespan is 15 years.

Behavior / temperament:
The Scottish Fold is an outgoing, inquisitive, and people-oriented cat. This is not a cat to sit at home all day alone, and if you must leave your Scottish Fold for long periods of the day, you should consider getting them a feline friend as company. The Scottish Fold is a perfect blend of easy-going and playful, not excessively active but always up for a game. They’re quite intelligent, and you may find they have a knack for manipulating objects and learning tricks.

Your Scottish Fold will be most interested in whatever you’re most interested in – they’ll follow you from room to room and invite themselves to take part in anything you’re doing. They are loyal and loving with family and do well with children, especially children who are willing to grab a toy and play! The Scottish Fold is sweet-natured and when playtime is over, you’ll have an affectionate lap cat to cuddle with.

Apart from their unusual ears, the Scottish Fold has a few other notable habits. Many of them have a peculiar “sit”, with their legs stretched in front of them and their paws on their belly – a position aoften referred to as “The Buddha”. They’re also known for their prairie-dog like perch with front feet off the floor. They are prone to sleeping on their backs. And finally the Scottish fold tends to have a love of fresh water, and you may find them dipping their paw in your cup, or drinking from a trickle at the sink.


amicable cat, little folded ears, adorable little faces, family companions, Absolute beauty


dominant streak, ear infections, wax buildup


barnyard ancestors, large muscular bodies, reputable breeder, different looking cat

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