Debra and Dick Kallmeyer

The Scottish Fold Story

On a small farm near Coupar Angus in the Tayside Region of Scotland Northwest of Dundee, a shepherd named William Ross discovered the first known Scottish Fold cat. The year was 1961. That year was the beginning of a wonderful era for the cat fancy as a whole. That is the year the Fold started on its journey to the wonderful cat we know and love today.

The cat Mr. Ross had spotted was unique because her ears folded forward and downward on her head. Mr. Ross knew he had discovered something wonderful and different and asked the owners if he could have one of the kittens. He proceeded to develop the Scottish Fold from the original cat: a white barn cat named Susie. Since that time we have all been in love with and intrigued by the wonderful "owl" look of these cats. When the Scottish Fold was granted Championship status in the Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) in 1978, many Americans were already completely taken with these wonderful cats.

The folded ear is a spontaneous mutation and is produced by an incomplete dominant gene (meaning neither straight nor folded ears is dominant over the other). Therefore, Scottish Folds are born with "normal" ears and will fold within the first 4 weeks of life. Many Scottish Folds do not fold and are called "straight-ears" or "perk-ears." The straight ears are valued highly in Scottish Fold breeding programs as reputable breeders pair straight-ears with folded ears to preserve the integrity of the gene and the breed.

Folds are healthy, hardy cats. Not generally known as lap cats, Folds are "people" cats. They develop strong, loving relationships with their owners and must know what "their person" is doing at all times. They have sweet dispositions and soft voices, when they speak, which isn’t often. Most Scottish Folds seem to view life as something wonderful and enjoy new experiences. They are neither overly shy nor rambunctious cats.

Scottish Folds have two allowable outcrosses: the American Shorthair and the British Shorthair. Outcrossing to any other breed is not allowable in CFA. The Fold should be medium in stature, with a rounded, well-padded body and a dense, resilient coat. The eyes should be large, round and spaced in proportion to the head; the expression should be one of sweetness. The nose should be short and with a gentle curve. A nose break or brow ridge is not preferred as this bone structure tends to "close down the face."

Folds are available in both longhair and shorthair varieties. Most breeders work with both coat lengths, but some work with only longhair or shorthair. All colors are possible except for those colors that show evidence of hybridization such as chocolate, lavender, the Himalayan or Siamese pattern, or a combination of both.

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