Scottish Fold Cat Breed

Scottish Folds come in two types: folded ear and straight (normal) ear. The folded ear is produced by an incomplete dominant gene and is the result of a spontaneous mutation. The foremost characteristic distinguishing the Scottish Fold cat is its small ears which fold forward and downward, giving it an impish look. Sweet-tempered and attentive, devoted, but not demanding the "Fold" makes a perfect pet. As the fold is out-crossed with both American and British Shorthair cats, think of it as as having a "British sense of decorum along with an American sense of self-confidence," according to The International Scottish Fold Association. Scottish Folds come in any and all colors possible with the exception of those showing evidence of hybridization resulting in the colors chocolate, lavender, the Himalayan pattern, or a combination of these and white.

The longhaired variety is known as the Highland Fold.

Scottish Fold
Scottish Fold

Breed Classification: Shorthaired

Colors: White, black, blue, red, chinchilla silver, shaded silver, shell cameo (red chinchilla), shaded cameo(red shaded), black smoke, blue smoke, cameo smoke(red smoke), classic tabby pattern, mackerel tabby pattern, patched tabby pattern, spotted tabby pattern, silver tabby, blue silver tabby(pewter tabby), blue silver(pewter), red tabby, brown tabby, blue tabby, cream tabby, cameo tabby, tortoiseshell, calico, dilute calico, blue-cream, and cream.

Average Litter Size: 5

Life Span: 12-14 Years

Personality: Quiet, sweet & gentle. Loves being around people and dislikes being home alone.

Grooming Requirements: Weekly brushing

Social skills: Adjusts well to other cats and some dogs.

Suitability for Children: Comfortable in a room full of noisy kids.

Scottish straight cat
Scottish Straight

Energy Level: Medium. Loves to play, but wants you to participate in their games.

Noisiness: Quiet voice, not very vocal.

Health Issues: Joint disease mitigated when folded ear cat bred with straight ear cat.

Shedding: Moderate

Cause Allergies: None