Description of the Breed
General: The Scottish Fold occured as a spontaneous mutation in Scotland. There it has been established by crosses to British Shorthair and domestic cats. In the US American Shorthair were also used as breeding partners. The first Scottish Fold cat was Susie, discovered by the founders of the breed, William and Mary Ross.
Head: Well rounded with a firm chin and jaw. Muzzle with well rounded whisker pads. Head should be blend into a short neck. Prominent cheek with a jowly appearance in males.
Eyes: Should be wide open with sweet expression. Large, well rounded and separated by a broad nose. Eye color to correspond with coat color. Blue-eyed and odd-eyed are allowed for white and white dominated coat patterns, i.e. all van patterns.
Nose: Nose should be short with a gentle curve. A brief stop is permitted, but a definite nose break is considered to be a fault. Profile is moderate in appearance.
Ears: Fold forward and downward. Small, the smaller tightly folded ear preferred over a loose fold and large ear. The ears should be set in a caplike fashion to expose a rounded cranium. Ear tips to be rounded.
Body: Medium, rounded and even from shoulder to pelvic girdle. The cat should stand firm in a well padded body. There must be no hint of thickness or lack of mobility in the cat due to short, coarse legs. The toes should be neat and well rounded with five in front and four behind. The overall appearance is that of a well founded cat with medium bone. Females ma be slightly smaller.
Tail: It should be medium to long but in proportion to the body. Tail should be flexible and tapering. Long, tapering tail is preferred.
Coat: Dense, plush, medium short. Soft in texture, full of life, standing out from the body due to density. Not flat or close-lying. Coat texture may be vary due to color and region or seasonal changes. Longhair: Medium to long length. Full coat on face and body. Britches, tail plume, toe tufts, and ear furnishings should be clearly visible with a ruff being desirable.
Disqualify: Kinked tail, tail that is foreshortened. Tail that is lacking flexibility due to abnormally thick vertebrae. Splayed toes, incorrect number of toes. Any evidence of illness or poor health.