Today's Scottish Folds trace their ancestry to Susie,
a white barn cat born in Scotland in 1961 with uniquely folded ears.
Susie had a litter of kittens that included a female with folded
ears, which in turn produced a fold-eared male. A London breeder
determined that a dominant mutant gene was responsible for the folded
ears. These quiet, sweet-natured, easygoing cats are most content
when they are around people and dislike being alone. Although Folds
prefer the company of humans, another cat will satisfy their need
for companionship if nobody is at home for much of the day.
Folds are medium-size cats with a robust, rounded appearance. They
have rounded heads, short necks, and large, round, widely spaced
eyes. Kittens are born with "normal" ears, but at about
two to four weeks of age, some begin to develop a noticeable bending
forward of the ears; by three months of age, the fold, which varies
in degree from cat to cat, is permanent, giving the cat an owlish
look. Scottish Folds have dense coats that stand out from their
bodies. They come in many colors and patterns.
Weight: 10-12 lbs.