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Scottish Fold

The Scottish Fold is seemingly made entirely of curves! This rounded, medium sized cat is compact and solid, with a round head, large round eyes and most notably their ears are small and neatly folded forward covering the ear opening. The Scottish Fold has a sweet expression and a luxurious short, dense coat.  

11 - 15 years
2.5 - 6kg
They come in a variety of colours and patterns.
The need-to-know
  • Great for first-time cat owners
  • Enjoys playing games and is active at home
  • Playful and curious cat
  • Independent but friendly
  • Slightly talkative cat
  • Average build cat breed
  • Requires grooming once a week
  • Needs extensive outdoor space
  • Great family cat
  • Can be regularly left for a few hours
  • Great for a relaxed home
This breed has a higher risk of health issues

The Scottish Fold breed has ears that fold downwards due to an inherited defect that affects the cartilage in their ears. However, this defect will also affect the cartilage in the cat's joints, a condition called osteochondrodysplasia.  This condition can lead to severe and painful arthritis.

The breed is also classified as brachycephalic; problems associated with this condition include;
- Brachycephalic airway obstruction syndrome: is a condition in brachycephalic (breeds with a short noses and squashed faces) breeds where breathing is obstructed and can lead to severe respiratory distress. 
- Skin inflammation/infection: brachycephalic breeds have a short nose and a normal amount of facial tissue. This means there is often excess skin around their face which leads to skin folds- which is where soreness and infections are prone to develop.
- Eye ulcers: ulcers are painful erosions on the surface of the eye, they are more common in brachycephalic breeds due to their conformation, as their eyes tend to be more bulbous.

Scottish Fold cats are prone to:
- Polycystic kidney disease which is an inherited condition where cysts form in the kidneys. This affects kidney function and can eventually lead to kidney failure. However, it is worth noting that the risk of developing this disease in this breed is lower than in other cat breeds that are prone to the problem.

Testing available:
- DNA testing for polycystic kidney disease which tests whether or not a cat has the potential to be affected by this condition.


The Scottish Fold’s ancestry lies with farm cats, and as you may imagine, a Scottish farm cat needed to be a rugged and hardy animal. Although the show example has come a long way since those days, this is still a robust, tough natured cat. They are easily adaptable to most situations, not worried about loud or busy homes but equally at home in a quiet, single person’s abode. They are said to have a sweet disposition and a tiny voice which is used very rarely.