Kitten History: Scottish Fold

For ears a jolly-good feline.

By Stacy Hackett

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Scottish Fold © Helmi FlickVisitors to your home may comment on your Scottish Fold kittens adorable ears: He looks like an owl! Those ears make him look like a bear! Where did he get those ears?

Your kitten can thank a barn cat named Susie for his distinctive, folded ears. In 1961, William Ross spotted Susie at a farm in the Tayside region of Scotland, and asked her owners if he could keep her. Susies folded ears captivated Ross, and he began breeding her to perpetuate the charming mutation.

It wasn't long before cat enthusiasts in the United States fell in love with the Scottish Fold. The unique breed received Cat Fanciers Association championship status in 1978, and the breed quickly became a favorite of breeders and pet owners.

Though popular, the Scottish Fold is one of the rarer cat breeds. Because the gene that produces the folded ears is incompletely dominant, not all kittens develop them. Owning one of these precious cats puts you among an elite group of dedicated fanciers.

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carol    palm Beach, FL

3/26/2014 5:38:10 AM

My foldie is almost 13 yrs old and the joy of my life,but to say he is undemanding of attention does not describe my cameron.he thinks nothing of awakening me when he wants attention,and does not like to ever see me in bed.But do I love him !

Galadriel    Lothlorien, ME

10/12/2013 11:25:44 PM

Such cute ears.

jean    boyntonbeach, FL

7/18/2010 4:29:18 PM

I have had my scottish fold for 13 yrs his name is Mr Spo0ck he is tri colored and I love him with all my heart. He sits and watches tv with me, his favorite toy is a soda or bottle cap he plays hockey with it. He sleeps with me and never lets me over sleep. I disucssed it with him he must live to at least 26 yrs old then I will be 83 and we can go together. I enjoy reading your articles

Sheila    Regina, SK

9/7/2009 1:01:31 AM

I have had the pleasure of owning my Scottish Fold, Duncan, since 2000. He's given me 9 years of companionship, I love it when he sits like a real person and watches TV with me! He will occasionally do "sit-ups".He's orange with perfect markings. Love him to pieces!

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