The Scottish Fold Breed
Scottish Folds can trace their beginnings back to Susie
in the Tayside Region of Scotland. A white barn cat,
Susie was born with an unique physical feature. Her
ears folded forward and downward. Discovered in 1961;
Susie sparked the interest of William Ross who was a
shepherd in the region. The Rosses were also cat breeders
and they acquired a kitten in Susie's next litter and
thus the breed was born.
gentle, open owl look of even the straight ear Folds
quickly made them popular. Their sweet and adaptable
personalities have earned them a place among the most
most popular breeds today. Brought to the United States
in the 70's the breed was first recognized by the Cat
Fanciers Association (CFA) in 1978 in the Shorthair
Division. Later, in the 90's the Longhairs were also
recognized. Now you will see beautiful examples of both
coat lengths in the show halls.
folded ear is produced by an incomplete dominant gene
and is the result of a spontaneous mutation. To insure
the health of kittens, only folded ear to straight ear
breedings are allowed. We do have two other breeds for
out-crosses; the American Shorthair and the British
Shorthair. This further insures the health of the breed.
of the interesting developmental processes in this breed
is the ear folding. All kittens are born with
straight ears. Approximately 21 days later about
half of the kittens fold. (I have held "ear watch" parties!)
Over time, the percentage of fold-to-straight ear kittens
is about 50 percent.
May 1, 2014, the straight ears (known as Scottish Straights)
will be eligible for competition in The International
Cat Association (TICA) in the Kitten, Championship,
and Alter classes.
wide range of colors is allowed in competition.
Those not allowed are chocolate, lavender and the Himalayan
pattern. These colors in a combination with white are
also not acceptable in the show ring.
Folds are by nature adaptable and placid. They
adjust to living in a busy household almost as quickly
as to a quiet one. They love to be near you and will,
if the mood strikes, sit on your lap. They love to sleep
with you. The major "complaint" we have had over the
years is that they purr too loudly! They ask little
of their people -- a clean box, daily fresh food and
water, and, of course, lots of your love. Please
contact us if you are interested
in having one of these delightful kitties as a pet.
will be more than happy to send the TICA or CFA Scottish
Fold Breed Profile on your request which covers in more
detail this wonderful breed.
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