Cat Breeds 101: Scottish Fold!

Cat Breeds 101: Scottish Fold!Photo – Wikipedia – lic. under CC 3.0

Also known as the Longhair Fold, the Highland Fold, the Coupari, and the Scottish Fold Longhair, the Scottish Fold is a breed of cat that is best recognized for its unusual appearance. This cat’s ears are permanently bent. [1] While they are widely known for their folded ears, some Scottish Folds do have straight ears, (the straight-ear variety are recognized as a sub-type of this breed). The occurrence of folded ears was triggered by a spontaneous dominant gene mutation. [2]

Prior to being officially recognized as the Scottish Fold in 1966, this breed of cat was previously known as the Lops or the Lop-eared cat. Susie, a white barn cat found in Scotland, was the first to give birth to cats with this genetic trait. In 1966, one of the kittens was registered with Great Britain’s Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF). [3]

Scottish Folds are often more expensive than other more common breeds. They are claimed to be loving companions, thus, they are in high demand by many pet lovers. This breed is also known to be active, intelligent and playful. They get along well with children and other pets at home.

Furthermore, they are capable of adapting to any home, from noisy environments to quiet homes. Folds are loved for their sweet expression and their love for being around humans. [4]

Unlike many other breeds of cats, Scottish Folds are not very talkative. In most cases, they tend to save their voice for certain circumstances such as when they are in pain or when its time to eat.

Scottish Folds may be adorable to be around, but they also have their special needs which must be addressed regularly. For instance, in order to maintain a clean look, their hair must be combed at least three times a week. Also, their folded ears usually build up wax, thus they must be cleaned at least twice a month. Other needs include cleaning their teeth and eyes, clipping their claws, providing adequate space for exercise, and ensuring a healthy diet comprised of vitamins, protein and minerals. [5]

Want to learn more about Scottish Folds? Here is a video:

References:

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scottish_Fold
[2] http://www.cfainc.org/Breeds/BreedsSthruT/ScottishFold.aspx
[3] Julie Murray, Scottish Fold Cats (ABDO, 2002), p.6. http://books.google.com/books?id=gRFZUQlwqRkC&pg=PA6&dq=the+scottish+fold&hl=en&sa=X&ei=atKlU6vJB8L1oATb-oKwBA&ved=0CEMQ6AEwBA#v=onepage&q=the%20scottish%20fold&f=false
[4] http://www.cfainc.org/Breeds/BreedsSthruT/ScottishFold.aspx
[5] http://www.kinrossfolds.com/cattery/sffacts.html

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