About: The Scottish Fold breed originated in Scotland with a folded-ear cat named Susie back in the 1960’s. Through the breeding of her offspring a genetic mutation occurred, resulting in a dominant gene of folded ears that can be passed on if only one of the parent’s carries the gene. There are two varieties of the Scottish Fold, a long-haired and a short-haired variation. The long-haired variation is also known as a Highland Fold. First brought to the United States in 1971, the Scottish Fold quickly gained recognition with many of the cat associations. In addition to their folded ears, the Scottish Fold breed has distinct characteristics including large rounded eyes, a stub nose, and a rounded body. All Folds are born with straight, unfolded ears, and those with the Fold gene will begin to show the fold usually within about 21 days. The kittens that do not develop folded ears are known as Straights. Since the Scottish Fold is known to be friendly and calm, this breed works very well in a home with children and cat-friendly dogs. They are also known to get along well with other household cats. These felines are fond of attention and playtime. They are known to follow their owners around and some have even been known to play fetch! This breed can also be vocal, but don’t worry, their voice tends to be on the softer side. Since this breed requires a good deal of attention, these cats need a home that has the time to devote to them.