Scottish Fold Cat Breed

Scottish Fold Cats

The Scottish Fold is considered one of the ten most popular cats in the United States. Deliberate crossing did not bring about the Scottish Fold. The first cat of the type appeared in a litter in Scotland in 1961. Her name was Susie and each of today's Scottish Folds is a descendant of hers. There is a definite danger of breeding two Scottish Folds together. It can create stiffness of the hind legs and lack of flexibility in the tail. The gene for the folded ears is dominant so not all the kittens in a litter will have them. In Britain the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy of Britain has not accepted the Scottish Fold into championship standing. But, the Cat Association of Britain recognizes it and in the United States it received it's championship standing in 1978.

The Scottish Fold is of medium size, stocky and rounded. Though the coat comes in longhair and shorthaired the cross with the British Shorthaired seems to be the most popular. The legs of this cross must not appear thick or exhibit a lack of mobility because of shortness. Of course the ears are the most distinct feature of the Scottish Fold and these should be folded downward on its rounded head. It should be small and tight and the tips of the ears should be rounded. The coat whether long or short should be thick and spring back. This cat does require daily grooming to keep the coat in excellent condition and to remove dead hair.

The Scottish Fold is seen in all colors except solid lilac, chocolate, and the colorpoint.

The mixture of British and American Shorthaired makes this cat very affectionate, loving of human companions and he gets along well with other pets. Although not very vocal he is hardy with a great personality.

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