The origin of Scottish Fold was a white cat named Susie, It was found on a farm near Coupar Angus in Perthshire, Scotland, in 1961.
The ears of Susie made an unusual fold in the Middle, making it asemejara to an OWL . When Susie had kittens, two of them were born with folded ears, and one was acquired by William Ross, a farmer resident of the town. Ross recorded the race in the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF) in Great Britain in 1966 and he began to breed Scottish Fold Kittens with the help of geneticist Pat Turner.
The programme produced 76 young in the first three years, 42 with folded ears and 34 with erect ears. The conclusion of this is that the mutation of the ears is a simple dominant gene, one of them provides the gene for straight ears, and one parent provides the gene for folded ears. Statistically the 50% of the kittens are born with folded ears.
Three months after the birth of a female named Snooks, Susie was hit by a car. All Scottish Fold cats share an ancestor common to Susie.
The race was not accepted for exhibition in Europe and withdrew the GCCF registers in 1971, due to the crippling deformity of extremities and the tail in some of the cats, In addition to genetic difficulties and problems in the ears, infections, dust mites, and deafness.
However the Scottish Fold were exported to America and the race continues playing through crosses with British Shorthairs and American short hair . Since then, the Scottish Fold breed has had no problems of mites or infection, Although the accumulation of wax in the ear can be higher than in other cats.
The distinctive physical traits of the breed, along with his reputation as unusually loving companions, It makes the ear folded very requested pets despite their high price, much more than kittens of the more common races.
The Fold are also known to sleep face up and sit with your legs stretched their claws hidden in its belly. This is known as the “position of the Buddha”
The life expectancy of a Scottish Fold is of 15 years.