Scottish Fold Advantages and Challenges
Scottish Fold Physical Characteristics
Scottish Fold Personality
This distinctive flop-eared breed occurred naturally as a spontaneous mutation in Scottish farm cats. First discovered in a barn, the original Scottish Fold was a white cat named Susie, and today's Scottish Folds are all descendents of this first kitty. The unmistakable ears of a Scottish Fold cat bend forward and down, giving the impression of a wide-eyed owl or teddy bear.
Scottish Fold History and General Information
History and Origin
Susie, that very first Scottish Fold cat was discovered in 1961 and successfully bred for the fold mutation. Soon after, the Scottish Fold was petitioned for recognition as a distinct breed, but the British Cat Fancy felt that the Scottish Fold would be prone to ear infections and possible deafness, so they campaigned to prevent the Scottish Fold’s acceptance for breed registry in Great Britain. To this day, the Scottish Fold is not accepted for registry in Great Britain or Europe.
The shorthaired Scottish Fold needs minimal grooming. Its dense coat only requires grooming once or twice a week with a good steel comb to remove dead hair. The longhaired Scottish Fold requires more attention – combing with a good steel comb several times a week will help prevent painful mats and keep the fur looking its best.
Scottish Fold Health
In general, the Scottish Fold is a hardy cat, thanks to its barnyard pedigree.However, a degenerative joint disease has been discovered to be a common by-product of breeding folded-eared cats to other folded-eared cats. When two folded-eared cats are bred together, the dominant gene that causes the folding combines to produce deformities of the spine, hind legs and tail. Ethical breeders will only breed straight-eared Scottish Fold cats to folded-eared Scottish Fold cats, as these animals seldom if ever develop joint disease.
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