Scottish Folds are a unique breed of cat whose ears and fold forward and down. The have a very nice, easy going temperament and a great personality. They are a medium sized cat with a rounded body.
Scottish Folds come in a very wide variety of colours. There are self-coloured Scottish Folds that are white, blue, red, black and cream. Other recognised colours include Shaded Silver, Shell, Shaded Cameo, Tabby, Tortoiseshell, Calico and Dilute Calico.
While they are a shorted haired cat they also come in long haired, but the short haired varieties are significantly more common.
Scottish folds have a double coat and therefore they require regular brushing to keep their coat in top shape. Longer haired varieties will also require a bit more grooming. Nail clipping and ear cleaning will also be required on occasions.
Their folded ears, round face and eyes give the Scottish Fold an owl like appearance. When they are born their ears appear normal but as the kitten begins to grow their ears fold over. Not all Scottish Folds have ears that fold over.
Male Scottish Folds weigh between 4 to 6kg and females weigh between 2.7 and 4 kg.
The average lifespan of the Scottish fold is 12 to 14 years.
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The Scottish Fold is the ultimate couch potato that fits in well in any household, even one with other animals and children. At the same time this cats is no shrinking violet, it is inquisitive and bold. It has been reported that you may find this cat using their paws to open cabinets to find something to play with, playing fetching or sneaking food from its owner.
Not much phases this cat and they are very adaptable which means they travel well.
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The Scottish Fold is a relatively new breed of cat that was developed during the 1960s. It has been reported that the first Scottish Fold was a cat named Susie that came from a farm near Coupar Angus in the Tayside Area of Scotland.
Susie’s unusual folded ears had not been seen before and when number of kittens from Susie’s litter also had folded ears William and Mary Ross adopted a white female kitten from the litter who they named Snooks.
It was the Ross’s breeding program that established the breed. The cats were originally called lop-eared or lops at the time. The Governing Council of the Cat Fancy originally registered the breed but ceased registration in 1971 when they became concerned about breeding abnormalities including deafness.
In the United States breeders began to develop the breed during the 1970s from Susie’s descendants by mixing them with American and British shorthairs.
The Scottish fold was provisionally acknowledged as a breed by the Cat Fanciers Association in the United States in 1977. The cat was able to compete for champion status in the 1979 show season, but the long haired fold was not able to compete until 1993.
The Cat Fanciers Association: http://www.cfainc.org/breeds/breedssthrut/scottishfold.aspx
NSW Cat Fanciers Association: http://www.nswcfa.asn.au/