Color – Scottish Folds come in any and all colors possible with the exception of those showing evidence of hybridization resulting in the colors chocolate, lavender, the Himalayan pattern, or a combination of these and white.
Coat Length – The Scottish Fold comes in both the Shorthair and the Longhair. The Shorthair coat is short to medium-short in length and is dense, plush, and even. The Longhair coat is medium-long to long hair length. Full coat on face and body desirable but short hair permissible on face and legs. Britches, tail plume, toe tufts, and ear furnishings should be clearly visible on the longhair, with a ruff being desirable.
Eyes – Blue, gold, odd-eyed, green, blue-green. Eye color varies according to coat color with brilliant gold the most common.
Appearance – The Fold is a medium cat with a rounded, well-padded body. The tail should be flexible. It has large, round, broadly spaced eyes full of sweetness; well-rounded whisker pads and a short nose with a gentle curve in profile. The ears should fold forward and downward, and should be small and set in a caplike fashion to expose a rounded cranium.
Personality – 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. Scottish Folds 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.
Interesting Breed Fact – 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. The unique thing about this cat was that her ears folded forward and downward on her head. The resulting look gave the impression of a “pixie”, “owl”, or “teddy bear” that has captured the hearts of many American cat fanciers. Scottish Fold kittens are born with straight ears. At about three to four weeks of age, their ears fold…or they don’t!
Breed information supplied by the
Cat Fanciers’ Association