The scottish straight cat, the version of the scottish fold with raised ears, calm and affectionate.
The scottish straight cat breed, so unknown in general that it does not even have a translation, although simplifying a lot it could be called “straight-eared scottish”, shares the same origins as the popular scottish fold, the cat whose ears are drooped due to a malformation in its development.
Therefore, to talk about this breed of Scottish origin, we must go back to Susie, the white-colored cat who was discovered in a barn in 1961 and who displayed the characteristic scottish fold ears.
Susie was the founder of the breed that currently enjoys a great deal of popularity in spite of the repeated warnings from veterinarians and animal health and welfare experts. about the problems caused by the mutation that causes droopy ears.
When cat breeder and farm neighbor William Ross first saw Susie, the cat was raising a litter of six kittens, two of which had inherited her mutation.
The genetic malformation that causes the floppy ears is dominant, meaning that. a single copy of the gene is enough to produce kittens with folded ears and kittens with normal ears in the same litter. and erect ears. The crossing of two scottish folds is not recommended because the hereditary malformation is accentuated and the mortality of the kittens is extremely high.so some cat associations allowed new cats of other breeds similar in appearance, such as British Shorthairs and American Shorthairs, to be introduced into breeding so that the litters would have a better chance of succeeding. As we have said, from the crossbreeding of a Scottish Fold and a British Shorthair will come kittens with floppy ears and with pricked ears.
A new option for breeders
The wording of the cat standards, as with those for dogs, serves several functions, and breeders are expected to adhere to the guidelines and breed specimens are expected to meet as closely as possible, the parameters included.
In the case of the scottish fold, this breed is defined by floppy ears, so a cat that has not inherited the floppy ear mutation is not considered a scottish fold. In addition, the introduction of cats from other breeds such as British and American Shorthair, which resemble each other but are not the same, makes it difficult to adhere to the scottish fold standard. As a result, kittens born in scottish fold litters with normal ears and that had not inherited the mutation gene could not be sold as scottish fold and were often discarded.
And this is where the existence of the scottish straight becomes important. The recognition program to give them their own breed began in 1976, in the United States, but it was not until 2013 that they finally obtained a definitive title. The scottish straight is the litter brother of the scottish fold that does not show droopy ears..
Its reproductive value is very highThey allow to respect the maxim of not crossing two scottish fold, and not altering the appearance of the breed. The scottish straight not only helps to prevent health problems associated with the scottish fold, but also increase their genetic diversity. Currently, straights are in high demand for breeding with scottish folds.
Behaviorally, the scottish straight is identical to the scottish fold, they are. low activity cats, affectionate and very calm. in the home. Because it does not show the genetic malformation, which can be painful, the scottish straight is very suitable for living with children of any age and other animals.There is no risk of harming them by rough or indelicate treatment.
For further information on the breed, please refer to The International Cat Association (TICA), or the World Cat Federation (WCF). We propose that responsible adoption be valued and visit the animal collection centers in our town or community where they can help us choose a cat that best suits our living habits.
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