The mother of all Scottish Folds was Susie, Who was born in 1961 near the village of Coupar Angus in the east Central Scotland. Her parents were both straight-eared farm cats and her folded ears had been produced by a spontaneous mutation. She was owned my a family named McCrae and admired by a neighboring family named Ross. When Susie had her own folded ear kittens, the McCrae gave one to the Rosse's. The Rosse's purchased a British Short hair to mate with Snowball and the pair produced more folds. They began to visit cat shows to see if anyone else would be interested in these unusual cats. An English woman named Pat Turner, who was interested in both cats and genetics did some experimental breeding and discovered that the gene responsible for folded ears is an incomplete dominant, which means, if a kitten has one gene for folded ears and one gene for straight ears, it will always develop folded ears. Over the years, it has been determined that the healthiest breeding program is to cross a folded ear with a straight ear. Breeding fold to fold may produce short, inflexible tails and hocks that curve like the rockers on a rocking chair. While this is not a life threatening problem, why consciously breed for a possible defect?
Scottish fold kittens are born with straight ears, which fold over after three weeks, (actually, less than half of the kittens develop the folded ears, but even those who don't are nonetheless considered to be a true Scottish Fold). The only thing different between a straight ear kitten and a folded ear kitten are the ears. Temperament and personality are exactly the same.
Folds are truly neat to look at - a folded ear kitten will have ears folded tight to the head - making for a very rounded look. They have short necks adding to the roundness with rounded whisker pads and whiskers that are full and bend forward. Their eyes are interesting that they dilate the pupils most of the time, making an owl - like, round look. This gives them a sweet, innocent appearance. They have lush, very soft coats and come in all colors, with long or short hair. They are quiet cats that have very small voices and more often than not will only squeak when their tails get stepped on. They frequently resemble prairie dogs when they sit up on their haunches to look at something that intrigues them. They also leap into the air when in a playful mood which is often. They love catnip toys, bags and boxes of all kinds. They are very accepting of additional cats to the family and after they get to know your visitors, are not afraid of strangers who visit the home often. They are cautious the first couple visits, the older they get the more accepting of people they are.