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A charming cat, the Scottish Fold offers easy care and becomes comfortable with all members of the family.

     Scottish Fold At a glance

Weight range:

Male: large: >12 lbs.
Female: medium: 8-12 lbs.

Eye color:

Blue, Green, Gold, Odd-eyed


Longevity Range: 9-12 yrs.
Social/Attention Needs: Moderate
Tendency to Shed: High


Length: Short, Medium, Long
Characteristics: Straight
Colors: White, Blue, Cream, Red, Silver, Cameo, Brown, Bluecream, Tortoiseshell, Black
Pattern: Solid color, Tortoiseshell, Tricolor/Calico, Bicolor, Tabby, Ticking, Smoke, Shaded, Spots
Less Allergenic: No
Overall Grooming Needs: Moderate, High

Club recognition:

Cat Association Recognition:
Prevalence: Rare

The Scottish Fold Cat Breed

The tail of the Scottish Fold must be handled gently. Some of these cats are known to develop stiffness in the tail that can cause pain if mishandled.

The Scottish Fold is a medium-sized cat with medium sized boning. He is a very round looking cat.

The head is round and the folded ears heighten that illusion of roundness. The eyes are very round, bright and clear. The legs appear round, as does the tail in comparison to its length. The short coat is easy to care for. Some registries allow a longhaired version of the Scottish Fold called the Scottish Fold Longhair. Their longer coats can vary slightly in texture, and require regular care.


The Scottish Fold is a sweet, charming breed. He is an easy cat to live with and to care for. He is affectionate and is comfortable with all members of his family. His tail should be handled gently. Some of these cats are known to develop stiffness in the tail that can cause pain if it is mishandled or accidentally handled in a rough manner.

Living With:

Care should be taken with the nutrition of the Scottish Fold. This breed has a roundness about it to begin with and it should not become overweight. He is a good eater and is not as active as other breeds, so nutritionary control is critical.

The Scottish Fold needs some interactive play with his guardian in order to keep in good condition. While the coat is an easy one to care for, he appreciates being brushed as part of play.

As the Scottish Fold ages, play gently with the tail, moving it from side to side, and up and down. If any stiffness is noticed or if the cat appears to be in pain when the tail is manipulated, he should be taken to the veterinarian to make certain he is not suffering from arthritis.


Cats with drooping ears or folded ears are ancient. The first word of one goes as far back as 1796. In this year, an English sailor brought back one of these cats when he returned from China. The Chinese also contributed the second example of a folded ear cat to the cat fancy history when one was noted in 1938.

But the Scottish Fold as we know it today was first born in 1961 in Pertshire, Scotland. There, a kitten with folded ears was discovered in a litter of otherwise "normal" eared kittens. This kitten, named Susie, was then bred to domestic cats and British Shorthair cats to establish the folded ear. To this day, every Scottish fold can trace its ancestry to Susie.

While the British established the Scottish Fold as a breed, it has never been as popular there as it is in the United States. Not only did Americans fall in love with this breed, but developed the breed into the beautiful cat it is today.

The Scottish Fold is difficult to breed. The folded ear cat must not be bred to another folded ear cat. Allowable outcrosses, in addition to a straight-eared cat, are the American Shorthair and British Shorthair. If two folded eared cats are bred to each other, the resulting kittens can be impaired to the extent of having difficulty walking. Even with this outcross, Scottish Folds tend to have small litters and not all of these kittens have folded ears.