Scottish Straight

 
  • Height: 8-10 inches
  • Weight: 6-14 lb
  • Lifespan: 12-15 years
  • Physique: Medium build, round features
  • Best Suited For: Any cat loving household, including singles, families with other pets, and families with children
  • Temperament: Friendly, intelligent, laidback, playful, social
  • Comparable Breeds: Scottish Fold, Exotic Shorthair

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The Scottish Straight is one of the feline breeds that make up the Scottish Breed Group, along with the beloved Scottish Fold.

The very first Scottish Fold was a barn cat whose name was Susie. She was found by William Ross in 1961 in Scotland, and she was later bred with other breeds, such as the American Shorthair, Burmese, Exotic Shorthair, and Persian. Today, the Scottish Straight is known for its wonderful personality and temperament.

The Scottish Straight is one of the feline breeds that make up the Scottish Breed Group, along with the beloved Scottish Fold.

The Scottish Straight is one of the feline breeds that make up the Scottish Breed GroupThe Scottish Straight, like the Scottish Fold, is known for its inquisitiveness, loyalty, and intelligence. These cats are not typically shy, as they would much prefer always being around you, perhaps even following you from one room to the next throughout your home.

Despite enjoying being around people, these cats generally do not like being carried or picked up, and they do have a bit of an independent side that makes them comfortable being near you but still being able to do their own thing. Therefore, they make great pets for those who are searching for a cat that will be devoted without being too clingy to their human family.

Because these cats are so smart, you can even train them to do tricks or play fetch. And, in addition to their playfulness, this breed is also known for being quiet and laidback. These cats will even get along great with other pets and with children.

Scottish Folds and Scottish Straights can either be longhaired or shorthaired, and they can all be born within the same litter. The only difference is that the Scottish Straight’s ears will remain upright, like other cat breeds, while the Scottish Fold’s ears will eventually fold forward and downward. Ultimately, though, the Folds and the Straights have the same personality and structural features.

This breed features a round face, round body, and round eyes, making it really cute. The body is medium sized and medium boned.

Scottish Straights come in a variety of patterns and colors, including all of those in the Pointed and Traditional Divisions. These include tabby, bicolor, particolor, tabby and white, and solid. Also, every eye color is possible, though copper is the most common.

The Scottish Straight is one of the feline breeds that make up the Scottish Breed GroupThe grooming needs of a Scottish Straight will pretty much depend upon the length of the coat.

So, for example, a longhaired Scottish Straight would need to be brushed more frequently and on a regular basis. This consistent grooming routine will remove dead hair and prevent tangles and matting.

Shorthaired Scottish Straights, on the other hand, could still benefit from a simple weekly brushing in order to prevent hairballs and to reduce shedding. However, there isn’t as much of a risk of the fur actually getting tangled or matted as there is with a longhaired cat.

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Comparable Breeds

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Scottish Fold

  • Height: 8-10 inches
  • Weight: 6-14 lb
  • Lifespan: 12-15 years
  • Physique: Rounded face, folded ears
  • Best Suited For: Families with children and other pets, as well as singles.
  • Temperament: Inquisitive, intelligent,easy going and quiet. Affectionate and loyal.
  • Comparable Breeds: Chartreux, LaPerm
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Exotic Shorthair

  • Height: 10-12 inches
  • Weight: 10-12 lb
  • Lifespan: 12-14 years
  • Physique: solid body, flat face
  • Best Suited For: Families and singles with or without children and other pets
  • Temperament: Affectionate, intelligent, involved, but not insistent
  • Comparable Breeds: Norwegian Forest Cat, Bengal