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Persian Scottish Fold Cat Mix: Pictures, Temperament & Traits

Height: 10–18 inches
Weight: 6–13 pounds
Lifespan: 10–15 years
Colors: All colors and patterns
Suitable for: Adult homes, calm environments, companions
Temperament: Loyal, intelligent, vocal, quiet

The Persian Scottish Fold mix is not popular, even though their fluffy coats and turned-down ears make for a delightfully cute appearance. The Scottish Fold is one of the most recognizable breeds, simply due to its ears, so it’s no surprise that the trait is desirable alongside others, like the Persian. Persians have larger round eyes and very distinctive facial features.

Even Scottish Fold personality traits can appeal to pet owners, so purebred and mixed breeds seem a natural choice, including the Persian Scottish Fold mix. However, there are only a select few breeders offering these kittens. There are a few reasons that many breeders avoid the cross, and we cover those facts below. Keep reading to learn more about this interesting mix!

Cat ball divider 1 Persian Scottish Fold Mix Kittens –Before You Bring One Home…


3 cat divider 3 Little-Known Facts About Persian Scottish Fold Cats

1. Folded Ears Are a Mutation

The folded ears were first found randomly in several kittens in the 1970s. From these litters, the Scottish Fold breed was developed. Because of the genetics involved, two cats with folded ears may produce a litter with kittens having both folded and straight ears. The mutation often coincides with other health conditions. The only way to confirm that a straight-eared kitten has Scottish Fold disease and could be susceptible to other health problems is through a DNA test.

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2. The Gift of Gab

Scottish Folds aren’t known to be talkative but will always let you know how they feel or want something. Just the opposite, Persians are great conversationalists. Their mixed kittens tend to take after the Persian lineage, creating a very vocal kitty that will love to chat with you. Be prepared, in any case. They might learn to talk back and give some attitude when they don’t get their way.

Persian Scottish Fold Mix
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3. Persian Cats Really Did Come from Persia

Persia was located in modern-day Iran. When we think of man-made breeds, we also think of some more recent ones, like the Aphrodite, Minskin, and Toyger. However, the Persian is a mixed breed going back to the 1700s when a cross between a long-haired Italian cat and a Persian Sand cat was bred with a long-haired Turkish cat.

divider-catclaw1 Temperament & Intelligence of the Persian Scottish Fold Mix

There are so few of these crossbreeds that it’s hard to say what lineage their kittens take after regarding temperament. The two breeds are vastly different in energy levels and attachment types. It could be that every kitten is unique, and some will take after one parent over the other.

Because of this, you may want to wait until the kittens are a few weeks older to allow their personalities to develop before adopting. You want to ensure your new cat will fit well with your lifestyle and home environment. Both breeds are intelligent, especially the Scottish Fold, and they were bred to keep barns free of rodents and other pests. It’s safe to assume that Persian Scottish Fold mix cats will be just as bright.

Are These Cats Good for Families? 👪

Both the Scottish Fold and Persian cat breeds get along very well with families, even those with young children. Crossbreeds of the two will also adapt quite well to a family environment. However, it would help if you calmly introduce your new cat to kids, so it’s a positive experience for everyone. The right process can help create a strong family bond regardless of the cats’ or kids’ ages.

Does This Breed Get Along with Other Pets?

If you have other pets, consider a Persian Scottish Fold carefully. This is another way the two parental breeds differ significantly; without much history of the mix, it’s hard to say which one it takes after most. Scottish Folds are an excellent choice for homes with other pets, while the Persian is not, and we definitely wouldn’t recommend it if there’s a dog around. However, it’s hard to say what to expect with the crossbreed. Still, it is sometimes possible to successfully introduce your new cat to other pets.

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Food & Diet Requirements

All breeds should follow a healthy diet with portions specific to their activity level and weight. Neither breed has any particular requirements outside of this unless their vet recommends changes based on health conditions or food intolerances.

Exercise 🐈

Both the Persian and Scottish Fold breeds need daily exercise, but for different reasons. Persian cats are one of the laziest cat breeds and will likely not want to get up from their comfortable resting place to get the exercise they need to stay healthy.

Because the Scottish Fold is a working-class breed and more muscular, they need to run and actively play to work those muscles and burn off their extra energy positively. A crossbreed, no matter which one they take after most, will need regular interactive play.

Training 🎾

Persian Scottish Fold mix kittens are intelligent and loyal, both excellent qualities when training. Loyal cats are eager to please their human, so they want to do what they can to please them. Both breeds also adapt pretty well to new environments and lifestyle changes. Early training as kittens can help make necessary adjustments as adults much easier for them.

Grooming ✂️

Persian Scottish Fold mixes can have long hair or short. Short hair requires significantly less grooming than long hair, although the “fluffy” ones are some of the most desirable due to their appearance, especially when coupled with folded ears. Short-haired cats could use good brushing once per week. Long-haired kitties will need daily brushing and a trip to the groomer every couple of weeks.

Health and Conditions 🏥

A Persian Scottish Fold mix cat is likely to have health conditions that should be considered carefully. If unsure, speak to your vet or a reputable shelter about your concerns before adopting. Both parental breeds are prone to severe conditions that you should expect.

Minor Conditions
  • Ear wax buildup
  • Ear mites
  • Lower urinary tract disease
  • Eye disorders
  • Dental disease
Serious Conditions
  • Degenerative joint disease
  • Polycystic kidney disease (PKD)
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Osteochondrodysplasia
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Brachycephalic airway obstruction syndrome (BAOS)


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The only noticeable differences between male and female Persian Scottish Fold mix cats are those that are similar in every other breed. Male cats tend to be a bit larger than females. Spayed or neutered cats will most likely have very similar behavior traits. A male cat that hasn’t been neutered will be more territorial and could mark its territory with spraying. A female cat that hasn’t been spayed may go through heat cycles as young as 4 months.

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Cat breeders have avoided this crossbreed due to the high chances of severe health problems. While they may be charming, other adorable breeds would require less veterinary care over time and have a much better quality of life. The mix isn’t recognized by pedigree organizations like the CFA, even though their parent breeds are. The Scottish Fold isn’t recognized in some other countries, like the UK, because it’s considered a mutation that leads to severe health problems.

With so much stacked against these adorable kitties, you aren’t likely to find a Persian Scottish Fold mix at a reputable breeder. However, if you are set on it, you could call local rescues and shelters to let them know what you’re looking for. You might find one and welcome home a kitten or cat who needs a new one. The shelter will appreciate it, but most importantly, so will your new companion.

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