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CFA Pedigreed Breed: Scottish Fold

In 1961, a shepherd by the name of William Ross spotted the first known Scottish Fold cat at a farm near Coupar Angus in the Tayside Region of Scotland, Northwest of Dundee. Ross asked the owners if he could have one of the kittens, and proceeded to develop the breed from the original, Susie, a white barn cat. The unique thing about Susie was that her ears folded forward and downward on her head. The resulting look gave the impression of a pixie, owl, or teddy bear, and has captured the hearts of many American cat fanciers and judges.

Scottish Folds come in any and all colors possible, with the exception of those showing evidence of hybridization resulting in the colors chocolate, lavender, Himalayan pattern, or a combination of these and white. Kittens are born with straight ears, but at about three to four weeks of age, their ears fold ... or they don’t! Due to the rarity of the Fold, and the fact that not every kitten born has folded ears, it is very hard for the supply to keep up with the demand.

Scottish Folds are hardy cats, much like their barnyard ancestors. Their disposition matches their sweet expression. They have tiny voices and are not extremely vocal. They adore human companionship and display this in their own quiet way. They adapt to almost any home situation and are as comfortable in a room full of noisy children and dogs as they are in a single person’s dwelling. They don’t usually panic at shows or in strange hotel rooms, and they adjust to other animals extremely well.

Cat Fanciers' Association, Inc. (c) 2011