n 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 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. The Fold does
not necessarily resemble the American Shorthair’s hard,
powerful "working cat” body and squared-off muzzle. Nor
does it look like the British Shorthair’s massive, compact
body, short legs, and flat planed top-head. The Fold, instead,
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.
Scottish Fold kittens are born with straigh
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