Scottish Fold

The Scottish Fold breed of cat has a naturally prevailing gene mutation that is known to affect the cartilage across the entire length of the body. This phenomenon causes the ears to bend forward resembling a “fold”. The ears fall in the downward direction towards the head-front, thus giving the cat an owl-like look. This loyal breed of cats is highly intelligent and inquisitive and make for great pets.


Scottish Fold Breed Information


History
It was in the year 1961 that shepherd William Ross founded the first Scottish Fold cat and named it Susie. Since then the breed has developed into round and lovely lap cats that have brilliant temperaments. Talking of Susie, she was white and long haired. She was further bred to several other breeds like Exotic Shorthairs, American Shorthairs, Persians and Burmese; thus, today we finally have the sweet and round looking Scottish Folds. Susie reproduced a female white Fold called Snooks. Three months after the birth of Snooks, Susie died after being hit by a car. All Scottish Folds share their ancestry to Susie.
Personality
The Scottish Fold scores high on the cuteness meter given the fact that they are very playful and friendly. These cats are very curious and outgoing and love to involve themselves in the activities of its owners. Also, they are very clever and can be very good with games. Though not talkative, they usually interacs with soft meows.
  • Activity level: 3/5 (loves to play but prefers your involvement)
  • Intelligence level: 4/5 (great learners)
  • Curiosity: 4/5 (curious but dignified)
  • Friendliness: 4.5/5 (loyal, good with children and other animals)
  • Vocal: 3/5 (a soft voice)
Appearance
The Scottish Fold comes in many colors and patterns. It is known to have an owlish look and features bending ears and striking circular green blue eyes and a short snout. It is usually medium sized with short or medium length legs. Its body structure is generally round.
  • Fur: They have a short and dense coat that can be of any color or a combination of colors including white.
  • Eyes: The rims of the eyes are edged with black and the eye color can be blue green or green.
  • Body structure: They are medium sized with a round head and face and a short neck. The body exhibits a padded look and the size of the legs range from short to medium.
  • Facial features: Short nose and large round eyes form prominent features.
  • Weight: The male Scottish Folds usually attain 9 to 13 lb while females go up to 6 to 9 lb.
Health and Care
With an average lifespan of 15 years, Scottish Folds are susceptible to diseases like Cardiomyopathy and Polycystic Kidney Disease or PKD. In Cardiomyopathy, the ability of the heart to fill and relax is impaired. It can further lead to enlargement of the cardiac chamber or circulatory congestion. The condition can be diagnosed with an echocardiogram or cardiac ultrasound. On the other hand, Polycystic Kidney Disease is described as a condition in which multiple cysts develop in the kidneys. With the growth of cysts, there is fear of kidney failure. The diagnosis of this condition can be done with the help of routine blood tests and urine analysis. These days, the most common method of diagnosis of PKD in cats is abdominal ultrasound as it gives the most accurate results. The Scottish Fold cats always love to be around family members and so it is suggested that you should not leave them alone for longer hours. They love to play with and drink from running water so care must be taken that they do not get themselves into trouble. If taken care of properly and loved by everyone at home, these cats tend to become pets for a lifetime.
We have gathered this information from our breeders based on their experience with this breed. However, remember that each animal is different with its own personality and needs (just like people!), so use this information wisely. Do you know more about this breed and want to share your knowledge with us? Send us an email at help@pickapaw.com