This breed of cat was discovered in 1961 by Scottish shepherd William Ross. He found a kitten with folded ears and named it Susie. Susie’s mother had normal-shaped ears, but the father was unknown. Ross adopted a white kitten from Susie’s litter and began to breed her with local farm cats and British Shorthairs to establish this lop-eared feline breed. In 1977, British geneticist Oliphant Jackson reported that one-third of kittens from the breeding of folded-eared cats developed osteodystrophy, a skeletal lesion.
This cat loves to be around people and will sit on laps or next to them. It has a sweet temperament and a soft voice. This cat also enjoys flopping on its back when taking a nap. However, it does not enjoy being home alone and would benefit from living with another pet or being paired with another cat. This cat is relatively easy to adjust to new surroundings, such as hotel rooms and new people. It is somewhat playful and will enjoy an occasional game of fetch. Lastly, this cat welcomes the company of children and family dogs.
The shorthaired variety of this dog doesn’t need a lot of grooming. You just have to run a steel comb through its coat once or twice a week. The longhaired variety needs to be groomed three to four times a week so that it doesn’t get matted and the hair won’t fall out.
The typical lifespan of a Scottish Fold is about 15 years. They can have some health problems, like other breeds of animals. One problem is that they can get degenerative joint disease, especially in their tails. If you see stiffness in their tails, be careful.