Scottish Fold cats have an interesting history as it pertains to how they came about. The very first Scottish Fold, or cat with folded ears, was found in Scotland. The cat was a female named Susie, who was a typical barn cat. Susie had folded ears and when she had kittens, it was discovered that a few of them had folded ears as well. When neighbors heard about this, they began an effort to breed more cats with similar ears and were successful in doing so. After registering the new breed of cat with an association, the official Scottish Fold breed was born.
If you study up on this type of cat, you'll learn that it comes in two varieties; one with folded ears and one without. The only difference between these two types boils down to genetics. The cause of the folded ear is a dominant gene.
Scottish Folds are medium sized cats that have stocky bodies. Their coats consist of dense short fur. Their heads are large and round and their eyes are relatively spaced far apart when compared to other types of cat. This breed has a sweet face that's easy to fall in love with. Perhaps that's why so many people do.
Did you know that when Scottish Folds are born, they don't have folded ears? It's not until a few weeks in life that their ears will possibly fold. And not all kittens' ears fold. Some do and some don't. If you would like a cat to show in competition, you'll need to buy or adopt one that's got the folded ears. Straight eared Scottish Folds aren't allowed to compete, but if you ask any breeder of this type of cat, they'll tell you that just because one of these types doesn't have folded ears doesn't mean that it's not a critical part of their breeding program.
Scottish Folds are sweet, good natured cats. It doesn't matter what type of ears they've got, their personalities are pretty much the same. They get along great with kids and families as well as other pets in the home. If you decide to acquire this breed of cat, please be aware that it's extremly companionable and that it'll become quite attached to you. Scottish Folds don't like to be alone and can actually become depressed if left alone for too long. Besides that, these cats have a tendency to exhibit some stubbornness, but are otherwise smart, playful, and affectionate. When it comes time to play, the more room, the better. If at all possible, you may play with them outdoors, due to their love of engaging in that sort of activity. Just remember that a cat's home is not outdoors. It's inside with its owners.