Vital Stats

shorthaired or medium-longhaired
Life Span
11 to 14 years

Breed Characteristics

  • Extremely

    Affectionate with family

  • Moderate

    Amount of shedding

  • Not particularly

    Easy to groom

  • Fairly good

    General health

  • Highly intelligent


  • Extremely

    Kid friendly

  • Extremely

    Pet friendly

  • Moderate

    Potential for playfulnes

  • Health

    Both pedigreed cats and mixed-breed cats have varying incidences of health problems that may be genetic in nature. A typical lifespan is 15 years. Problems that may affect the Scottish Fold include the following:

    • Degenerative joint disease, especially in the tail but also in the ankle and knee joints, causing pain or poor mobility. It’s important to handle the tail carefully if it has developed stiffness.
    • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a form of heart disease, has been seen in the breed, but it has not yet been proven to be a heritable form of the disease.

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