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Scottish Fold

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.  

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

Key Facts

Lifespan: 11 - 15 years
Weight:  2.5 - 6kg
Colours:  They come in a variety of colours and patterns.


Family-friendly: 5/5
Playfulness: 3/5
Intelligence: 4/5
Tendency to Vocalise:  3/5
Likes Other Pets: 4/5
Grooming needs: 2/5
Shedding: 3/5
Scottish Fold cat is standing on the floor


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. 

Scottish Fold cat is laying on a windowsill

History and Origins

Country of Origin: Scotland

The Scottish Fold is named for the unique folded ears, a natural mutation which was first spotted in Scotland in the 1960’s. Whilst some breeders loved the appearance, numerous veterinary surgeons and British cat show judges determine it to be an undesirable deformity, which would prevent the cat from cleaning its own ears and is associated with cartilage problems. When folded-eared cats were bred to one another, deformities of the spine, hind legs and tail appeared therefore the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF) decided against allowing the registration of the Scottish Fold. 

The Cat Fanciers Association (CFA) in the US does recognise and register the Scottish Fold.  

Scottish Fold litters will have both normal and folded eared kittens, and it is impossible to tell which will be which until around 4 weeks of age, and not guaranteed until around 12 weeks of age. Only folded eared examples can be shown, which makes them very popular, however the normal eared variety are vital to breeding programs as folds must be bred to normal ears to avoid health problems as much as possible.  

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