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The Scottish Fold cat breed 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. The Scottish Fold personality is mellow
and affectionate, although the activity level can vary depending on whether it has an ancestry of mostly-British Shorthair or mostly-American Shorthair; a Fold with more British ancestry will be more laid-back than one who's more American.
Scottish Folds are found in both longhaired and
shorthaired varieties, in manycolours and pattern
combinations. The longhaired variety is sometimes referred to
as a "Highland Fold".
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 Fold cats 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 Scottish Fold 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. Do not buy from
any breeders who are breeding fold-ear to fold-ear to "ensure" folded-ear cats. Scottish Folds
may still use British Shorthairs and American Shorthairs as allowable
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
The straight-eared Scottish Fold is accepted as its own breed in ACF, and as part of the Scottish Fold breed group in TICA as the Scottish Straight.
Associations: The Scottish Fold breed is accepted by all major
North American cat registries and the Australian Cat Federation.
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