The Scottish Fold: origin, size and character

The Scottish Fold is an atypical cat breed that is distinguished by its folded ears. Affectionate and sweet, the Scottish Fold is the perfect companion for the whole family.

the Scottish Fold is a medium-sized, affectionate and playful cat who appreciates the company of his masters.

His origins

As its name suggests, the Scottish Fold originated in Scotland. stock.adobe.com

As its name suggests, the Scottish Fold originated in Scotland. It appeared in the early 1960s.

It is a shepherd from the Tayside region who discovers a cat with ears folded forward. He then asks the owners of the farm where the animal is to adopt the cat. Two years later, he adopted a female kitten from the litter. The Scottish Fold breed was then born with crosses between these cats with folded ears and British Shortairs.

From these crosses also appeared other breeds of cats:

  • the Highland Fold: folded ears and mid-length coat
  • the Highland Straight: erect ears and mid-length coat
  • the Scottish Straight: erect ears and short coat

His character

The Scottish Fold is an easy-going cat. stock.adobe.com

The Scottish Fold is a easy going cat who demonstrates excellent adaptability. Particularly affectionate with those around him, he loves caresses and hugs.

This relatively discreet and calm cat is very greedy, even gluttonous. He tends to put on weight if he doesn’t exert himself enough. For its well-being, it is advisable to watch its diet.

Curious, he explores his environment but also appreciates the warmth of his home. The Scottish Fold shows a playful temperament, he does not hesitate to solicit the attention of his master.

His physic

This medium-sized cat has a stocky and muscular build. stock.adobe.com

The Scottish Fold is a breed of cat that is distinguished above all by its folded ears forward into adulthood. These remain straight until 3 or 4 weeks after birth. It is a gene called FD (Folded) which is at the origin of this physical particularity. Thus in a litter of Scottish Fold, there can be kittens with straight ears called Scottish Straight.

This medium-sized cat has a stocky and muscular build. The color of its coat includes many variations of hues: from gray to fire. His hair is short and thick. This is one of the main differences with the Highland Fold.

Another distinctive sign of the Scottish Fold: its massive head, the roundness of which is accentuated by that of its eyes.

His price

the price means of a Scottish Fold varies between 900 and 1,500 €. This disparity is explained by the origin of the cat (its pedigree and its ancestors), its sex, as well as the breeding.

Regarding the cost generally observed to support oneself, count 30 to 50 € per month. This includes food and any health expenses (control visit, vaccination, etc.).

His health

With regular monitoring and proper care, the Scottish Fold has a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years. Thanks to its coat, it is particularly resistant to the rigors of winter. However, it is important to monitor and clean your ears regularly.

The breed is susceptible to osteochondrodysplasia. This disease can lead to skeletal deformity or cartilage abnormalities. Without proper maintenance, it can also be prone to oral pathologies.

Adopting an animal commits you, it is a decision that you will have to think carefully about. Do not hesitate to contact your veterinarian or the shelter closest to you before starting. They will be able to give you their advice on the breed of cat that will suit you best.

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