Scottish Fold Cat Breed

The amiable and intelligent Scottish Fold enjoys playing with difficult, brain-challenging toys to exercise her intelligence. She enjoys receiving attention from others and interacting with them. Scottish Folds would to be around their humans or other cats (or canines who get along with cats) than be left alone for extended periods of time.


This outgoing cat may be perched in odd positions, such as resting flat on the ground with her legs spread apart, standing up like a meerkat, or lying on her back with her paws in the air.

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Although Scottish Folds are distinguished by their distinctive folded ears due to a genetic abnormality, these cats’ ears function just like any other cat’s. They are frequently compared to owls in descriptions. The ear folds might appear as a single, loose fold or as tighter double or triple folds that are located closer to the head. They may also have peaked ears that are folded. The face, eyes, and body of the Scottish Fold are all rounded.


11 to 15 years

Colour Collection

The Scottish Fold’s dense, fluffy, and smooth coat comes in a wide variety of hues and patterns, including solid, tabby, and more. Their eyes frequently reflect the colour of their coat. A red or brown tabby can have copper-colored eyes, but a white Fold will have blue eyes.

Hair fall

All year long, Scottish Folds shed, with the spring and fall seasons seeing the most shedding. To remove stray hair, comb shorthaired Folds once per week. Folds with long hair could need grooming several times per week.


The Scottish Fold can still develop degenerative joint disease, especially in her tail, ankles, and knees, as well as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, despite responsible breeders’ best efforts to eradicate serious diseases. She is more prone to ear infections because of her folded ears.

Breed History

Every Scottish Fold can trace her ancestry to a “Susie” farm cat. She was a white cat with unusually folded ears that worked as a mouser in a barn in Scotland’s Tayside. Shepherd William Ross became interested in her in 1961. Susie’s cat was handed to him, and he gave her the name “Snooks.”

The genesis of the breed was started when Snooks eventually gave birth to kittens and one of the males was crossed with a British Shorthair. Due to the dominant nature of the defective gene that causes the distinctive ear folds, they appear around half the time. Susie also contributed a gene for long hair in addition to the one for this gene. Highland Folds is the name given to longhaired cats having certain links to cats.

Before the early 1970s, Scottish Folds were not imported into the US. They were acknowledged by the majority of North American cat groups by the middle of the 1970s.


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