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Description of Highland Fold

The Breed History

The Highland Fold, like the Scottish Fold traces back to a single white shorthaired ancestor from Scotland who in 1961 had a litter containing two folded kittens. See Scottish Fold chapter for details. Longhaired Scottish Fold cats, apparently resulting from Persian outcrossing, are considered a separate breed called the Highland Fold in some registries, and in other registries are within a separate division in the Scottish Fold breed, the Scottish Fold Longhair. The GCCF first accepted the shorthaired breed, followed by most other major registries in the 1970s, and the longhaired variety followed in the 1980s. Outcrossing to American and British Shorthair cats is still allowed. Because this breed is a division of the Scottish Fold breed in some registries, separate data are not always available in the literature. Many studies will consider a Highland Fold cat a Scottish Fold cat for study purposes because of the shared registry.

Physical Characteristics

Weight: female 6-9 lb (2.5-4 kg), male 9-13 lb (4-6 kg)

Coat: The Highland Fold is a medium-long haired cat, soft coated in texture, with ruff and britches, and "fluffy" on the tail. Note the Longhair is not accepted in all registries. All colors are accepted excluding pointed or Oriental colors (lilac, chocolate etc); except the CFF registry which allows pointed cats.

Eyes: Usually gold colored.

Points of Conformation: This is a medium sized cat with a rounded outline. The head is large, and the nose is broad and curved. The muzzle is short, with well-developed cheeks. A minimal stop is present only. The ears are small-medium with rounded tips; the fold results in ear tips sitting down and forward. Single fold ears loosely approximate the normal ear type, progressively more tightly folded ears are called double fold and triple fold; the latter being the show type. The forward curved ear sitting cap-like over the temples results from an autosomal dominant mutation (Fd) with incomplete penetrance. Every litter will have some straight eared kittens. Folding of the ears occurs between 14 and 28 days and usually ears are set by 3-4 months of age. Not all ears stay folded; some pop back up to a straight position. The tail is medium long, tapering with a rounded tip. Legs are medium-short, and paws are round. A tail that is short, of reduced flexibility or kinked disqualifies.

Grooming: Weekly brushing is all that is required. During shedding season more frequent brushing may be needed. Pay attention to ear health because the canals are closely covered by the ears.

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