Scottish Fold | Cat Breed Guide

Scottish Fold | Cat Breed Guide

by Scritch

The Scottish Fold is a sweet, affectionate cat with large, round eyes and a dense coat. She is just as comfortable in a lively home full of children as with a single person.

Weight: 6-14 pounds

Life Expectancy: 12-15 years

Temperament: affectionate, calm, quiet

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History and Personality

The first known Scottish Fold, a white barn cat named Susie, was first spotted in 1961 by William Ross, a Scottish farmer. He was so captivated by the unusual cat that he purchased one of her kittens and began a breeding program with his own cat, Snooks. The Scottish Fold came to America in 1970.

Affectionately called “an owl in a cat suit,” the Scottish Fold has a natural mutation that causes the ears to “fold” forward and downward. She has a round face with large, round, broadly spaced eyes and a short nose. She also has a medium-sized, compact body, which is also round.

Scottish Fold kittens are born with straight ears. At about three to four weeks, the kittens that have the genetic mutation will develop the folded ears.

The Fold is a sweet, loving and loyal cat, who loves to be around people, whether it’s in a house full of children or as a single person’s loving companion. She loves to play and is easy to train. Because of her mellow nature, she does well around other animals. She has a tiny voice but she’s not very vocal.

The Scottish Fold is also known as the Highland Fold, the Scottish Fold Longhair, the Longhair Fold or the Coupari.


The Scottish Fold can have either a short or long coat and comes in a variety of colors and patterns, from pure white or black to tortoiseshell or tabby. Short-haired cats can do with a weekly brushing but a long-haired cat needs daily brushing to prevent painful mats. Of course, you’ll want to clip her nails and brush her teeth.

Health Concerns

  • Osteochondrodysplasia
  • Polycystic kidney disease
  • Cardiomyopathy

The Scottish Fold is a fairly healthy breed, but there is a risk of osteochondrodysplasia, a bone and cartilage disorder. Signs of this condition include a thickness or lack of flexibility of the legs or tail. The Fold is also prone to polycystic kidney disease, which can lead to kidney failure, and cardiomyopathy, a form of heart disease. Consider pet insurance to for your Fold to help cover vet bills for unexpected injuries or illnesses.