Fanciers Breeder Referral List Fanciers Breeder Referral List
For cat seekers For breeders Retired Friends Resources About the FBRL
Search by breed Search by location Search by breeder name Search by cattery name Litter Announcements
Kittens
For Cat Seekers
 
 
<< Prev: Savannah Next: Scottish Shorthair >>


Scottish Fold

View Scottish Fold Breeders

Go to Scottish Fold Retired Friends List


Description

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 shorScottish Foldred varieties, in a great number of colours and pattern combinations. The longhaired variety is sometimes referred to as a "Highland Fold".

Scottish Fold LHMany 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. Be concerned about any breeders who are breeding fold-ear to fold-ear. Scottish Folds may still use British Shorthairs and American Shorthairs as allowable outcrosses.

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 pets.

The straight-eared Scottish Fold is accepted as its own breed in ACF, the Scottish Shorthair. It is also being promoted for acceptance in TICA.

Photo © Chanan

Associations: The Scottish Fold breed is accepted by all major North American cat registries and the Australian Cat Federation.




Books about the Scottish Fold from amazon.com


Scottish Fold Breed Information


Scottish Fold Video:


Link missing? Is there a page you think ought to be listed here that isn't? Is there a link here that is not working? Let me know! Email the FBRL.

 

 

© 1994-2014 FBRL Services/Barbara C. French. All text, unless credited otherwise, as well as all compilation of data, is the copyrighted property of FBRL Services and may not be taken, copied, distributed, displayed, or otherwise used without express, advance, and written permission from the site's owner. This includes but is not limited to use of any site data and cattery information to duplicate listing information, compile mailing or other contact lists, or solicit listed breeders for any commercial purpose. All photographic illustration elements are legally licensed to FBRL Services and remain the copyrighted property of Richard Katris of Chanan Photography; images may not be used without express written permission of Chanan. All photographs attached to individual cattery ads are the copyrighted property of their respective photographers and may not be used without permission. Refer to the Copyright Statement for more information.

| copyright statement | terms of service | privacy statement | contact the FBRL |

Graphics by Strapp Studio