Scottish Fold Cat Breed Information

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Scottish Fold Cat Breed Introduction

Scottish Fold Cats

The Scottish Fold is a relatively recent breed of cat known for distinctive folded ears.

Scottish Fold Behavior/Personality

Source: Wikipedia (March 2006)

Scottish Folds are generally considered laid-back cats, except that they are very attached to their human families and may follow people around the house, hating to be left alone.

Scottish Fold Breed Standard/Physical Description

Here are some facts on the Scottish Fold breed based on information in Wikipedia (March 2006).

  • Head: round
  • Ears: folded forward and down
  • Eyes: large and round
  • Body: medium-sized and rounded
  • Legs: medium-boned
  • Paws: round; five toes in front, four in back
  • Tail: medium-long and flexible
  • Coat: both shorthair and longhair varieties

Scottish Fold History

Source: Source: "Scottish Folds" by Grace Sutton and Wikipedia (March 2006)

Every single Scottish Fold cat today can trace his or her ancestry (or pedigree) back to a single ancestor. That's highly unusual in the world of cat breeds, where each breed's origins are usually either murky, or the confluence of several foundation breeding cats.

The single many-times-great grandmother of all Scottish Folds today was named Susie. Susie was a barn cat. She was found by the MacRae family in the Tayside region of Scotland. In the 1960s, two breeders of shorthair cats, William and Mary Ross, got one of Susie's kittens, a white female cat named "Snooks." Snooks was bred with a red tabby cat, producing another male cat, Snowball, who was then bred to a white British Shorthair cat named "Lady May." All of Snowball's and Lady May's kittens had the unique folded ears, and so became the first litter of the new breed that at first was named "Lops" (as in lop-ears) would later be named Scottish Folds.

The cat registries in Britain became concerned that the folded ear would prove unhealthy, and so shut the new breed out of official recognition at the end of the 1960s. The breed was then brought to the United States, where, after several generations of careful breeding, the breed was recognized by the Cat Fanciers Association. In order to avoid associated genetic deformities, the folded-ear cats must be bred with non-folded-ear cats, or else outcrossed with cats of another breed.

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