What You Need to Know About Scottish Fold Cats

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The Ears Have It

The foremost characteristic distinguishing the Scottish Fold cat is its small ears which fold forward and downward, giving it an impish look. Sweet-tempered and attentive, devoted, but not demanding the "Fold" makes a perfect pet. As the fold is outcrossed with both American and British Shorthair cats, think of it as as having a "British sense of decorum along with an American sense of self-confidence," according to The International Scottish Fold Association.

 

Breed Brief:

General Description: Medium cat with a rounded, well-padded body. and a short, dense, and resilient coat. It has large, round, broadly spaced eyes full of sweetness; well-rounded whisker pads and a short nose with a gentle curve in profile. Its most prominent feature, of course, is its unique ears.

Colors: Most colors are recognized, along with the patterns of tabby, tortoiseshell and calico.

Extra: Scottish Fold kittens are not born with folded ears. The ears of the kittens that carry the gene start folding usually about the 21st day, starting with the outer edge of the ear near the base.

Note: The Scottish Fold cat is not to be confused with the American Curl, which also has "folded ears." The difference will be immediately noticeable when you see a photo of the American Curl's ears, which curl upwards and back as opposed to the Scottish Fold's ears which fold forward. 

Scottish Fold Photo Album

Photos of Scottish Fold Cats and Kittens submitted by readers.

Photos may be breeders, show cats, pet cats or Folds rescued by breed rescue organizations.

Registry Standards and Profiles:

Scottish Fold Clubs:

Choosing a Scottish Fold:

An article written by: J. Anne Helgren for PetPlace.com.

More Breed Information:

  • Information from FBRL (Fanciers' Breeder Referral List), a great source of information on all approved breeds of cats.
  • Scottish Fold FAQ From TICA

Breeders:

Listing of Scottish Fold breeders, assembled by your Guide. This list is for convenience of the viewer, and is not intended to be an endorsement of the breeders and catteries contained herein.

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