Scottish Fold Shorthair

  • Disposition matches their sweet expression.
  • Adore human companionship.

In 1961, William Ross found the first known Scottish Fold cat on a farm in Scotland and used one, a white cat he named Susie, to develop the breed.  Folded ears are the result of a spontaneous mutation.  Breed was further established by crosses to the British Shorthair and American Shorthair cats.  Accepted for championship status in the Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) in 1978.

Body Type:
  • Medium-sized cat with a rounded, well-padded body.
  • There should be no sign of immobility due to short, coarse legs or splayed toes, and the tail should be long and flexible.
  • The head is well rounded with rounded whisker pads.
  • Ears fold forward and downward.
  • A small tightly folded ear is preferred over a loose fold and large ear.
  • Eyes are wide open with a sweet expression.
  • Color corresponds to coat color.
  • Coat is medium short, dense, and plush.
  • All colors are accepted with the exception of those showing evidence of hybridization resulting in the himalayan pattern, chocolate, lavender, or those combinations with white.
Health and Wellness:
  • Neonatal isoerythrolysis.
  • Prognathism.
  • Vertebral deformities.
  • Osteochondrodysplasia.
What you should know:
  • Although all kittens are born with straight ears, only about 40% will develop folded ears.
  • If ears are going to fold, they begin to do so between three and four weeks of age.
  • Ear can be a single fold, double fold, or triple fold with the latter considered the most desirable.
  • Straight-eared cats are still valuable to the breeding program and make wonderful pets.
  • Preferably, your kitten should come from a mating of a fold-eared cat to a straight-eared cat.
  • Your kitten should walk easily and not have a stiff, thick or short tail.
  • Scottish Folds should be purchased when they are at least four months of age.
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