Scottish Fold

Appearance and features:

All Scottish Folds are born with straight, unfolded ears. With in the first 21 days, those kittens with the Fold gene will begin to show the fold in the ear.  The kittens that do not develop folded ears are known as Scottish Straights.

They have large, round eyes and rounded head, cheeks, and whisker pads add to the overall rounded appearance. The nose will be short with a gentle curve and the cat’s body well-rounded with a padded look and medium-to-short legs. The head is domed at the top, and the neck very short. Scottish Folds can be either long- or short-haired. Short hair Scottish Folds have thick and soft fur, with long hair Folds having longer and exceptionally dense fur around their upper thighs, toes, ears, and tail.


This is a medium-size cat weighing 6 to 13 pounds.


The Scottish Fold is a natural breed with dominant-gene mutation that affects cartilage throughout the body, causing the ears to “fold”, sometimes 3 different folds in each ear, bending forward and down towards the front of the head, which gives the cat what is often described as an “owl-like” appearance. Originally called lop-eared or lops after the lop-eared rabbit, Scottish Fold became the breed’s name in 1966.
Depending on registries, longhaired Scottish Folds are varyingly known as Highland Fold, Scottish Fold Longhair, Longhair Fold and Coupari.


Available in nearly any coat color or combination of colors (including white)


Scottish Fold originated from a white barn cat named Susie, who was found at a farm near Coupar Angus in Perthshire, Scotland, in 1961. Susie’s ears had an unusual fold in their middle, making her resemble an owl. When Susie had kittens, two of them were born with folded ears, and one was acquired by William Ross. All Scottish Fold cats share a common ancestry to Susie.


Scottish Folds, whether with folded ears or with normal ears, are typically good-natured and placid and adjust to other animals within a household extremely well. They tend to become very attached to their human caregivers, do not like to be left alone for long periods of time, and are by nature quite affectionate.  Folds are playful, easily groomed and intelligent, are known for sleeping on their backs, and can be quite stubborn.  Scottish Folds typically have soft voices and display a complex repertoire of meows and purrs not found in better-known breeds.

Health concerns:

Scottish folds are susceptible to

Breed Characteristics

Here is a helpful guide for the different characteristics of the breed.  On a Scale of 1-5.  1 being very low level to 5 being high level.

Energy Level
Extra Grooming
Affection Level
Social Needs
Kid Friendly
Friendly to Strangers
Health Concerns
Dog Friendly

Hypoallergenic: No

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