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Breed Spotlight Scottish Fold

by PetFirst Pet Insurance
2 years ago

The Scottish Fold is one of the most easily recognizable breeds of cat in the world today. 

The longhair variety is known as the Highland Fold, and both of these can trace their roots back to a mouser named Susie who lived in a barn in Scotland. If you’ve considered getting a Scottish Fold, keep reading to learn more about it. You’ll want to know for sure this cat breed will work for you before jumping into owning one. 

Scottish Fold Physical Traits 

These are the ways you can quickly identify a Scottish Fold: 

  • Folded ears (maybe a single, double, or triple-fold)
  • A large, rounded head
  • Round eyes 
  • A medium-sized cat that weighs between 6 and 13 pounds
  • A short or long coat that comes in any color or pattern except chocolate, lavender, or Himalayan

While the vast majority of Scottish Folds feature the folded ears which give them an owl-like appearance, some have ears that stand upright like other cats. These still have the genetic mutation for folded ears and can, therefore, be used for breeding.

Personality Traits of the Scottish Fold 

It’s not only the looks of a Scottish Fold that cause them to stand out to pet owners. This breed also has an endearing personality that makes people fall in love with them instantly. Let’s look at a few of their most notable traits. 


Scottish Folds are well-known for wanting to get into everything. It’s not uncommon to find them pulling open drawers, dipping their paws into water, or snatching food from their owner’s plate just to satisfy their curiosity. 

To keep them busy, owners of this breed should have plenty of toys on hand which should include various puzzle toys. 


If you have an ever-changing environment, this would be a great breed for you. Scottish Folds tend to go with the flow and are generally accepting of other cats, children, and dogs. Not all cats will be okay with all changes, but this breed will do better than most. 


What Scottish Folds are most known for when it comes to their personality traits is their love their owners. They have a dog-like need to be with them whenever possible so you can’t go far without a companion if you get one. 

This also means they don’t like being left alone, so if you’re going to have to be away from home for long periods of time, you may want to get another cat to keep them company. 

Health Concerns of the Scottish Fold 

On average, Scottish Folds can live for 13 to 15 years. To get the most out of your time with them, you’ll need to take excellent care of them. 

Part of that care is being aware of the two genetic diseases that this breed is prone to: 

  • Polycystic kidney disease 
  • Cardiomyopathy 

All Scottish Folds have osteochondrodysplasia. This is why they have the folded ears but also causes other cartilage and bone abnormalities throughout the cat’s body. 

In some Scottish Folds, this can lead to arthritis, so be sure to regularly have your veterinarian check for signs of this to ensure your cat is comfortable and healthy. 

To deal with any other unexpected issues, you’ll also want to make sure your cat is covered by cat insurance. This will help you cover accidents, illnesses, and more to ensure your Scottish Fold stays as healthy as possible. 

Is a Scottish Fold Right for You? 

If you’re looking for a loving companion that will always be by your side, the Scottish Fold may be right for you. Keep in mind that because of how affectionate this breed is, you’ll need to be around as much as possible to give your cat the attention she craves. 

Because of the medical issues this breed deals with, you’ll also need to be prepared to care for them throughout their lives. If you’re not ready to take on this responsibility, you may want to look into another breed. 

Want More Breed Spotlights? 

Now you know enough about the Scottish Fold to determine if this breed is right for you. If so, start looking for a responsible breeder that works as hard as possible to eliminate genetic disorders from the bloodline. 

If you want to keep looking, check out the other cats we’ve covered in our breed spotlights. The Exotic Shorthair is another cat that’s both affectionate and has a unique appearance. 

Nothing in this article should be construed as financial, legal or veterinary advice. Please consult your own advisors for questions relating to your and your pet’s specific circumstances.

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