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In 1961 in a farmyard in Perthshire, Scotland, a Mr. William Ross noticed an unusual white cat with folded ears and a short, thickened tail. Her name was Susie, and Mr. Ross asked Susie's owner for any kittens she produced with the same type of ears. He acquired one of Susie's kittens with the folded ears and named her Denisla Snooks. He then mated her with a British Shorthair named Rylands Regal Gent, and this pairing produced Denisla Hester of Mini. Denisla Hester of Mini was imported to the United States by Lyn Lamoureux, who became a major figure in promoting the Fold in America. Hester was leased to other breeds, and so the Scottish Fold was developed from the Denisla lineage. It is necessary to mate a Fold with a nonFold to prevent genetic problems, so US breeders began crossing Folds with American Shorthairs, Exotic Shorthairs and possibly other shorthaired breeds. Today, the only outcrossings accepted by the Cat Fanciers Association (CFA)are to British Shorthairs and American Shorthairs. On January 1, 1976, Scottish Folds were accepted for registration by the CFA. In the 1980s, a longhaired variety of Scottish Fold was developed. The Scottish Fold is one of the most popular cat breeds in the U.S. but is not recognized by many European cat associations.
The probability of getting a Fold kitten from the mating of a Fold to a nonFold is 50 percent.