7. Scottish Fold
Scottish fold is a breed known for its deformity in the cartilage which made its ear “fold”. It has been described to have an “owl-like” appearance. Before the 60s, the original name for the Scottish Fold is Lops or Lop-Eared. It was only during 1966 when it adapted the name Scottish Fold.
The original Scottish Fold was a white barn cat that has a mutation on its ear. With its kittens born with the same folded ears, it was registered as a new breed. If you intend to purchase a Scottish Fold, keep in mind that this breed is prone to different conditions including mites and deafness. This is also the reason why the Scottish Fold has been bred with other known cat breeds such as the British and American Shorthair.
The Scottish Fold is a breed of domestic cat with a natural dominant-gene mutation that affects cartilage throughout the body, causing the ears to «fold», bending forward and down towards the front of their head, which gives the cat what is often described as an «owl-like» appearance.
Originally called lop-eared or lops after the lop-eared rabbit, Scottish Fold became the breed’s name in 1966. Depending on registries, longhaired Scottish Folds are varyingly known as Highland Fold, Scottish Fold Longhair, Longhair Fold and Coupari.