A barn cat named Susie
The first Scottish Fold was discovered by shepherd William Ross on
a neighbor’s farm in the Tayside
Region of Scotland in 1961. He began
asking about the cat’s heritage, only
to learn that the feline, called Susie,
was born to a mother with straight
ears and a father of unknown heritage. Falling hard for the unusual
look, William and his wife, Mary,
quickly adopted one of Susie’s offspring, a fold-ear called Snooks.
They became invested in creating their own breed, which they
referred to as ‘lop-eared’ like the
rabbit. Breeding Snooks to British
local farm cats,
able to solidify
the foundation of Scottish Folds
in feline society — earning Cat
Fanciers’ Association registration
in 1973 and Grand Championship
status in 1978. The International
Cat Association accepted the
breed when the organization
was chartered in 1979. TICA also
accepts the Scottish Straight in
its own class.
A stand-up cat
Scottish Folds are known to stand
up prairie dog style when they hear
something that piques their interest.
You also can catch them in a sitting
position called “the Buddha sit”
with their legs stretched out and
paws on their belly.
The Scottish Fold is exceptionally
devoted and loyal, tending to form
a strong bond with one person in
the household. That’s not to say
they won’t cuddle with anyone who
throws a kiss their way, but they do
A circle theme
What shape do you see repeatedly
when you look at the Scottish Fold?
If you answered circle, you’re right.
Scottish Folds are known to feature
a very round, roly-poly aesthetic.
Face, eyes, whisker pads, body —
it’s all circular here.
Cute quotient rising
If you loved the Buddha sit, you’ll dig
some of the other cute and quirky
Scottish Fold traits. Our favorite?
Many eat their food with their paws!
Footloose and fancy-free
Scottish Folds are well-known for
their laid-back personality. They
love kids (even noisy ones), dogs,
and other cats; have zero issues
about traveling; and will totally act
as hostess for your next dinner
party. Just don’t be alarmed if they
flop down onto their back and hit
the snooze button — it’s completely
normal for them to sleep this way.
Much like their looks, the Scottish
Fold’s demeanor can be described
in one simple way: soft and sweet.
They’re known for being mild-mannered, soft-spoken, intelligent,
adaptable, and sweet-tempered.
What about training?
It’s a total possibility with this
adaptable breed. The Scottish Fold
can be trained to play fetch and
easily learn how to open cabinet
doors — so lock up anything you
don’t want them to find.
Taylor Swift is totally enamored
with the breed. She owns two:
Olivia Benson and Meredith Grey.
If you follow her on Instagram
@taylorswift, you’ve probably
seen her post about 8,492,061
photos of them.
Writer and blogger Erika
Sorocco has written about
small mammals and cats
for 10 years. A former free-
lance music writer for The
Californian newspaper, Erika currently
fuses together her love for felines and
fashion in the blog Cat Eyes & Skinny
Jeans, where she waxes poetic about her
favorite makeup look (cat eyes, of course)
and love for cozy knit sweaters (which
she unwillingly shares with her cats Minky
and Gypsy). Follow Erika on Twitter at
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