Scottish Folds come in two types: folded ear and straight (normal) ear. The folded ear is produced by an incomplete dominant gene and is the result of a spontaneous mutation.
Over the last two decades the Scottish Fold has developed a look all its own…even though allowed outcrosses include American Shorthairs and British Shorthairs. But the Fold is a 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.
In 1961 a shepherd by the name of William Ross spotted the first known Scottish Fold cat at a farm near Coupar Angus in the Tayside Region of Scotland, Northwest of Dundee. Ross asked the owners if he could have one of the kittens, and proceeded to develop the breed from the original, Susie, a white barn cat.
The unique thing about this cat was that her ears folded forward and downward on her head. The resulting look gave the impression of a “pixie,” “owl,” or “teddy bear” that has captured the hearts of many American cat fanciers and judges. The Scottish Fold was granted championship status by The Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) in 1978.
Scottish Fold kittens are born with straight ears. At about three to four weeks of age, their ears fold or they don’t.
Due to the rarity of the Fold, and due to the fact that not every kitten born with folded ears, it is very hard for the supply to keep up with the demand. So, if you want a folded ears Scottish Fold kitten make sure you apply for a kitten early, before a litter is born, by putting a deposit.
Scottish Folds are hardy robust cats. Their disposition matches their sweet expression. They have tiny voices and are not extremely vocal. They adore human companionship and display this in their own quiet way.
Scottish Folds adapt to almost any home situation and are as comfortable in a room full of noisy children and dogs as they are in a single person’s dwelling. They don’t usually panic at shows or in hotel rooms, and they adjust to other animals extremely well.
The Scottish Fold is an undemanding cat. A clean environment, proper nutrition, and generous doses of love are its only requirements.
Pricing on Scottish Folds usually depends on type, applicable markings and bloodlines distinguished by Champions, Grand Champion (GC), International Grand Champions, National Regional winning parentage (NW or RW) or of Distinguished Merit parentage (DM).
Usually breeders make kittens available between ten and sixteen weeks of age. At that age kittens have had their basic inoculations and developed the physical and social stability needed for a new environment, showing, or being transported by air. Keeping such a rare treasure indoors, neutering or spaying and providing acceptable surfaces (e.g. scratching posts) for the natural behavior of scratching are essential elements for maintaining a healthy, long and joyful life.
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