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Photo of Seasaidh, a Scottish Fold cat.

Seasaidh, a Scottish Fold cat from Kinross Cattery

Ev Russell

The foremost characteristic distinguishing the Scottish Fold cat is its small ears which fold forward and downward, giving it an impish look. Sweet-tempered and attentive, devoted, but not demanding the "Fold" makes a perfect pet. As the fold is outcrossed with both American and British Shorthair cats, think of it as as having a "British sense of decorum along with an American sense of self-confidence," according to The International Scottish Fold Association.

Breed Brief:

General Description: Medium cat with a rounded, well-padded body. and a short, dense, and resilient coat. It has large, round, broadly spaced eyes full of sweetness; well-rounded whisker pads and a short nose with a gentle curve in profile. Its most prominent feature, of course, is its unique ears.

Colors: Most colors are recognized, along with the patterns of tabby, tortoiseshell and calico.

Extra: Scottish Fold kittens are not born with folded ears. The ears of the kittens that carry the gene start folding usually about the 21st day, starting with the outer edge of the ear near the base.

Scottish Fold Photo Album

Photos of Scottish Fold Cats and Kittens submitted by readers. Photos may be breeders, show cats, pet cats or Folds rescued by breed rescue organizations.

Registry Standards and Profiles:

Scottish Fold Clubs:

Choosing a Scottish Fold:

An article written by: J. Anne Helgren for PetPlace.com.

Photo Credits:

Seasaidh, a Scottish Fold from Kinross Cattery, used with permission of Ev Russell.

More Breed Information:

  • Information from FBRL (Fanciers' Breeder Referral List), a great source of information on all approved breeds of cats.
  • More profile and history information on Scottish Fold cats, assembled by your Guide.
  • Breeders:

    Listing of Scottish Fold breeders, assembled by your Guide. This list is for convenience of the viewer, and is not intended to be an endorsement of the breeders and catteries contained herein.

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