Scottish Fold: The why of his drooping ears
he Scottish Fold is very friendly, calm and is mainly characterized by its droopy ears that make it look adorable. If you want to know more about this feline breed, in this article you can find its main characteristics, curiosities and care.
Origin of cats
The Scottish Fold or Scottish Fold breed is native to Scotland, UK, and its ancestors are believed to be lop-eared cats from China. This breed was produced in 1961 when a couple decided to crossbreed their lop-eared kitten named Suzie with a copy of British Shorthair. The marriage registered this breed of cat in 1966 and it generated great enthusiasm and recognition among the English, but almost a decade later they banned it because it was suffering from arthritis problems. Fortunately, arthritis problems were solved by American geneticists and breeders.
What primarily distinguishes or characterizes the Scottish Fold cat from other breeds, is that, like its ancestors, they have droopy ears.
Weight: varies between 2 and 6 kg.
Height: males can be between 20 and 25 cm tall and females between 15 and 20 cm.
Head: wide and round.
Body: muscular, compact and robust.
Coat: soft, short and dense which makes it perfect for living in cold climates.
Coat color: all colors and colourpoint varieties without white are accepted.
Eyes: round and large.
Ears: small and folded forward and down.
Tail: medium and thick.
Longevity: a Scottish Fold can live between 10 and 15 years.
Breed pathologies: this cat is prone to suffering from tricobezoars, shortening of the coccyx vertebrae, arthritis in the extremities and excessive growth of the nails.
It is a very sweet, friendly cat and adapts easily to any environment, it usually wins the affection of people quickly due to its appearance and charming character. The Socottish Fold is very calm and quiet, it has a very sweet voice.
The Scottish Fold does very well with children because it rarely shows signs of bad humor, which is why it is considered a tolerant cat with other animals and can become a good company for older people. It does not usually get into trouble and the females in the mating season are quite calm.
Health and care
- Brush your Scottish Fold cat three to two times a week to remove dead hair to prevent tricobezoars.
- Bathe it when you consider it necessary and make sure that a professional cuts your coat.
- Take care of your eyes, ears and teeth.
- It is recommended to provide a diet without specific calcium intake, as this mineral strengthens the cartilage in the ears and deforms its characteristic fold.
- Visit the vet frequently to prevent and identify any type of disease, also remember to keep all your vaccinations up to date.
Curiosities of the breed
The breed was officially recognized by the CFA (Cat Fancy Association) in 1974.
Suzie was picked up from the street by the marriage.Currently, the crossing between Scottish Fold breed pets is totally prohibited, because numerous cases with serious bone abnormalities have resulted.
It is recommended that the pairing be with other breeds such as the Scottish straight (descended from a Fold) or with a similar breed called British Shorthair .Puppies are usually born with their ears back and just three weeks later they begin to have them in the normal position of the breed, which is also their most differential characteristic.
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