American Association of Cat Enthusiasts

Scottish Fold Breed Standard

Head 15 Pts
Ears 30 Pts
Eyes 15 Pts
Body 15 Pts
Tail 15 Pts
Color 5 Pts
Coat 5 Pts

General: The Scottish Fold cat occurred as a spontaneous mutation in farm cats in Scotland.  The breed has been established by crosses to British Shorthair and Domestic cats and the American Shorthair.  All bonafide Scottish Fold cats trace their pedigree to Susie, the first fold-ear cat discovered by the founders of the breed.

Head: Well rounded with a firm chin and jaw.  Muzzle to have well rounded whisker pads.  Head should blend into a short neck.  Prominent cheeks with a jowly appearance in males.

Eyes: Wide open with a sweet expression.  Large, well rounded and separated by a broad nose. Eye Color to correspond with coat color.  See HIF COLOR.

Nose: To be short with a gentle curve.  A brief stop is permitted but a definite nose break is considered a fault.  Profile is moderate in appearance.

Ears: Fold forward and downward.  Small.  The smaller, tightly folded ears preferred over a loose fold and large ear.  The ears should be set in a cap-like fashion to expose a rounded cranium.  Ear tips to be rounded.

Body: Medium, rounded and even from shoulder to pelvic girdle.  The cat should stand firm on a well padded body.  There must be no hint of thickness or lack of mobility in the cat due to short coarse legs, Toes to be neat and well rounded with five in front and four behind.  Overall appearance is that of a well rounded cat with medium bones; fault cats obviously lacking in type, Females may be slightly smaller.

Tail: Tail should be medium to long but in proportion to the body.  Tail should be flexible and tapering.  Longer, tapering tail preferred.

Coat: Short, dense and resilient.

NFA: Kinked tail, Tail that is foreshortened.  Tail is lacking in flexibility due to abnormally thick vertebrae.

Color & Patterns: Same as American Shorthair, Oriental Shorthair for Shaded/Ticked/Spotted patterns.

Accepted Colors:

  • Blue eyed White
  • Orange eyed White
  • Odd Eyed White
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Cream
  • Red
  • Chinchilla Silver
  • Shaded Silver
  • Shell Cameo
  • Shaded Cameo
  • Blue Smoke
  • Black Smoke
  • Cameo Smoke
  • Blue Bicolor
  • Black Bicolor
  • Cream Bicolor
  • Red Bicolor
  • Bluecream Calico
  • Tortoiseshell Calico
  • Chinchilla Silver & White
  • Shaded Silver & White
  • Shell Cameo & White
  • Shaded Cameo & White
  • Blue Smoke & White
  • Black Smoke & White
  • Cameo Smoke & White
Solid Harlequin
  • Bluecream Harlequin
  • Tortoiseshell Harlequin
  • Chinchilla Silver Harlequin
  • Shaded Silver Harlequin
  • Shell Cameo Harlequin
  • Shaded Cameo Harlequin
  • Blue Smoke Harlequin
  • Black Smoke Harlequin
  • Cameo Smoke Harlequin
  • Blue Harlequin
  • Black Harlequin
  • Cream Harlequin
  • Red Harlequin
  • Blue Tabby
  • Cream Tabby
  • Red Tabby
  • Brown Tabby
  • Silver Tabby
  • Cameo Tabby
  • Blue McTabby
  • Cream McTabby
  • Red McTabby
  • Brown McTabby
  • Silver McTabby
  • Cameo McTabby
  • Blue Patched McTabby
  • Brown Patched McTabby
  • Silver Patched McTabby
  • Blue Spotted Tabby
  • Cream Spotted Tabby
  • Red Spotted Tabby
  • Brown Spotted Tabby
  • Silver Spotted Tabby
  • Cameo Spotted Tabby
  • Blue Ticked Tabby
  • Cream Ticked Tabby
  • Red Ticked Tabby
  • Brown Ticked Tabby
  • Silver Ticked Tabby
  • Cameo Ticked Tabby
  • Blue Patched Tabby
  • Brown Patched Tabby
  • Silver Patched Tabby
  • Blue Patched Spt Tabby
  • Brown Patched Spt Tab
  • Silver Patched Spt Tab
  • Blue Patched Ticked Tab
  • Brown Patch Ticked Tab
  • Silver Patch Ticked Tab
Tabby & White
  • Blue Tab & White
  • Cream Tab & White
  • Red Tab & White
  • Brown Tab & White
  • Silver Tab & White
  • Cameo Tab & White
  • Blue McTab & White
  • Cream McTab & White
  • Red McTab & White
  • Brown McTab & White
  • Silver McTab & White
  • Cameo McTab & White
  • Blue Spt Tab & White
  • Cream Spt Tab & White
  • Red Spt Tabby & White
  • Brown Spt Tab & White
  • Silver Spt Tab & Wh
  • Cameo Spt Tab & White
  • Blue Tic Tab & White
  • Cream Tic Tab & White
  • Red Tic Tab & White
  • Brown Tic Tab & White
  • Silver Tic Tab & Wh
  • Cameo Tic Tab & White
  • Blue Pat Tab & White
  • Brown Pat Tab & White
  • Silver Pat Tab & White
  • Blue Pat Spt Tab & Wh
  • Brown Pat Spt Tab & Wh
  • Silver Pat Spt Tab & Wh
  • Blue Pat McTab & White
  • Brown Pat McTab & White
  • Silver Pat McTab & White
  • Blue Pat Tic Tab & White
  • Brown Pat Tic Tab & White
  • Silver Pat Tic Tab & White


Tabby Harlequin
  • Blue Tabby Harlequin
  • Cream Tabby Harlequin
  • Red Tabby Harlequin
  • Brown Tabby Harlequin
  • Silver Tabby Harlequin
  • Cameo Tabby Harlequin
  • Blue McTabby Harlequin
  • Cream McTabby Harlequin
  • Red McTabby Harlequin
  • Brown McTabby Harlequin
  • Silver McTabby Harlequin
  • Cameo McTabby Harlequin
  • Blue Spotted Tab Harlequin
  • Cream Spotted Tab Harlequin
  • Red Spotted Tab Harlequin
  • Brown Spotted Tab Harlequin
  • Silver Spotted Tab Harlequin
  • Cameo Spotted Tab Harlequin
  • Blue Tic Tab Harlequin
  • Cream Tic Tab Harlequin
  • Red Tic Tab Harlequin
  • Brown Tic Tab Harlequin
  • Silver Tic Tab Harlequin
  • Cameo Tic Tab Harlequin
  • Blue Pat Tab Harlequin
  • Brown Pat Tab Harlequin
  • Silver Pat Tab Harlequin
  • Blue Pat McTab Harlequin
  • Brown Pat McTab Harlequin
  • Silver Pat McTab Harlequin
  • Blue Pat Spt Tab Harlequin
  • Brown Pat Spt Tab Harlequin
  • Silver Pat Spt Tab Harlequin
  • Blue Pat Tic Tab Harlequin
  • Brown Pat Tic Tab Harlequin
  • Silver Pat Tic Tab Harlequin