It’s All About That Fold!
The Scottish Fold is a truly unique breed among cats. They can attribute their owl-like look to their very round faces with round, wide-set eyes, and folded ears. The Scottish Fold’s ears fold forward and down and can have up to 3 folds. However, these ears are still very soft and can move around in much the same way as any other cat’s ears. The hearing is not necessarily affected at all by this feature.
As one might imagine, the Scottish Fold breed originated in Scotland. A shepherd named William Ross discovered a unique cat with folded ears on a neighboring farm. When that cat had kittens, a few also had the folded ears, so Ross asked if he could have one. He used the kitten with folded ears to start a new and beautiful breed with the help of a geneticist.
Breeding of Scottish Folds should only be done by responsible breeders that have really done their homework. Not all Scottish Folds have the coveted folded ear. This is because the folded ears are the result of an incomplete dominant gene. When one cat in a breeding pair has folded ears, statistically half of the kittens will have folded ears. If both cats in a breeding pair have folded ears, the likelihood of having more than half of the kittens have folded ears is good. However, when both parents have folded ears there is a much greater chance of some devastating deformities coming along with the folded ear gene. Osteochondrodysplasia is a genetic disorder that causes deformities in the bones and cartilage and is known to be a problem for Scottish Folds.
Healthy Scottish Folds make great pets. They have sweet, loyal personalities and get alone great with other pets and children. Scottish Folds adapt fairly easily to new people, place, and situations. They have soft little voices and love to be around their humans.
For more information about the Scottish Fold breed, please read my post The Scottish Fold: Cat Breed of the Month .
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