Scottish Straight Longhair Cat Breed

Scottish Straights are known to be amiable, engaging, delightful and sweet. They are smart, curious and very loyal to their families. You will frequently see them following a family member from room to room or around the house, checking what their human companion is doing and make sure they can participate in it.

The Scottish Straights – longhaired or shorthaired, are part of the Scottish Breed Group along with the Scottish Folds – shorthaired or longhaired. These lovable cats are all born in the same litter and are identical. They have identical structural features and personalities. The only noticeable difference is their ears. The Scottish Straights have erect ears, while the Scottish Folds’ ears are folded forward and down.

This cat breed boasts a round face, round eyes, and rounded body, making them really endearing and adorable. Their body is medium-sized and medium-boned.

Scottish Straights loves to eat; but, they are not as active as other cat breeds. Because of this, they are inclined to gain extra weight and fats, especially on their bellies. That’s why it is recommended that this cat breed must be stimulated to be active to keep a healthy weight. Take advantage of their love for interaction and attention by keeping them occupied with interactive play while keeping them in good physical shape.

These lively and inquisitive felines are bright. You can keep their brain stimulated by teaching them games, commands and provide them with puzzle toys to challenge their cleverness.

While they have an independent side to do their own thing, Scottish Straights enjoy the company of their families, other cats, and cat-friendly dogs than being alone for long periods of time. This cat breed gets along excellent with both children and other pets. 

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Breed Information

20-25 cm
4-6 kg
Life Span:
12-14 years
Sweet, Curious, Affectionate, Fun-Loving, Laidback, Sociable
Energy Level:
Country of Origin:
United Kingdom
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  • Grooming: Everyday 10/10
  • Shedding: Medium 6/10
  • Hypoallergenic: Low 2/10
  • Activity Level: Medium 6/10
  • Playfulness: Medium 6/10
  • Friendliness to other pets: High 10/10
  • Friendliness to children: High 10/10
  • Affection towards it’s owners: High 10/10
  • Vocality: Low 2/10
  • Intelligence: Medium 6/10
  • Independence: Medium 6/10


In 1961, this cat breed was unintentionally found by a Scottish farmer named William Ross. Suzie was a white cat with unique folded ears living on his neighbour's farm near Coupar Angus, Tayside Region of Scotland. While Suzie’s ancestry was never identified, her mother was identified as a straight, white-haired cat. Because of William Ross’ fascination with Suzie, he bought another kitten from Suzie’s succeeding litter. This particular kitten had its mother’s physical characters. So, what William Ross did was start a breeding program with his cat, Snooks, and started attending different cat shows.

He named this cat breed “lop-eared” after a variety of rabbit. Mr. Ross registered this new cat breed with the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy in 1966, where the cat breed was later renamed to Scottish Fold. Unfortunately, due to concerns over ear disorders like mites, infections, and hearing problems in the early 1970s, the GCCF stopped recognizing the cat breed.

In the same year, the Scottish Fold cat came to the United States. Three kittens from Snooks’ litter were transported to Dr. Neil Todd at the Carnivore Genetics Research Center in Massachusetts, researching spontaneous mutations. And because his research with the Scottish Fold cats did not accumulate favourable results, Dr. Todd did find good homes for these beautiful cats. Hester, a female cat, was given to Salle Wolfe Peters, a renowned Manx breeder in Pennsylvania. Later, Salle was credited with founding the cat breed in the United States.

The straight ear kittens born in the same litter have become their own breed known as the Scottish Straight. Every Scottish Fold and Straight thriving today can trace their lineage back to the original cat, Susie. Today, The International Cat Association Scottish Fold and Scottish Straight breeders are permitted to use the British Shorthairs and the American Shorthairs in their breeding programs. 

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Scottish Straight Longhair Cat Breed | The Pedigree Paws

Scottish Straights are medium-sized cat with medium boning. They are described as generally "round" – rounded face, round body, and round whisker pads, even the tips of their ears are rounded too. Scottish Straights’ ears are straight and remain that way until they mature, rather than bending down and forward like their Scottish Fold siblings. Their rounds eyes are widely spaced. With their domed head and straight ears, it gives them a remarkably appealing and open look that many cat fanciers have commended with over the years. Scottish Straights have a very compact body and short legs. It adds to their unique look that has been compared to an owl or a cuddly teddy bear. They keep their "kittenish" expression even until adulthood.

This adorable cat breed comes in a wide range of colours and patterns, including all of those in the Traditional and Pointed Divisions. It includes solid, bicolour, particolour, tabby, and tabby and white. In addition, every eye colour is possible to this cat breed; however, copper is the most common. 


Like their Scottish Fold siblings, the Scottish Straights are well-known for their curiosity, intelligence, and devotion. These loyal cats are not naturally wary of strangers, as they would always prefer being around their human companions and families. You can even see them following their human companion from one room to the next.

While they love being around their families, these beautiful cats typically do not like being carried or held up. Scottish Straights do enjoy a little bit of independence. This makes them relaxed and contented being close to their human companion but still being able to do their own ways.

Because of these traits, Scottish Straights make outstanding feline companions for those who are looking for a feline companion that will be devoted without being too dependent and clingy to their human family.

Scottish Straights are very bright. You can train them to play fetch, follow commands or do tricks. In addition to being high spirited, this amazing cat breed is also known for being soft and laidback. These lovely feline companions will even get along well with children and with other pets in the household. 

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Scottish Straight Longhair Cat Breed | The Pedigree Paws

When this intelligent cat is appropriately socialized and trained at an early stage, they will thrive on being a well-rounded and well-mannered cat companion. These easygoing and amiable cats are smart and curious cats. And because they adore human interaction and attention, it is easy to train them and have them learn tricks and games.

You can challenge their bright minds by making them busy by teaching them commands, tricks and games. You can also provide plenty of puzzle and interactive toys that they can play with interchangeably. And because they gain extra weight due to their good appetite, it is recommended to stimulate them to get active to keep a fit and healthy body, far from weight-related health conditions and illnesses. 

Coat & Care

Longhaired Scottish Straights may need brushing or combing a number of times a week; depending on the volume of undercoat, it could be less. Bathing them once a month will eliminate loose hair and maintain their coat clean and healthy.

Brushing their teeth every day is best; but, weekly brushing is sufficient to keep them away from tooth and gum diseases. Maintain clean nails by trimming them twice a month or when needed. For their beautiful eyes, you can clean it by wiping the corners of their eyes with a clean, soft, damp cloth to eliminate any discharge. Just make sure to use a different part of the damp cloth for each eye to prevent any eye infection.

To keep their ears clean, check it once a week for dirt, debris and wax. Wipe their ears with a clean cotton ball or soft damp cloth moistened with a vet-approved ear cleanser. If you smell any foul odour coming out of their ears, contact your vet for immediate treatment.

Their litter boxes must always be clean, not only because they are specific about bathroom hygiene, but this will help keep and maintain their coat clean while they do their business in their litter boxes. If it is left unclean, dirt and debris may cling to their coat and may cause matting and tangle. Moreover, they tend to use other places in the house if their litter boxes are dirty.

    Scottish Straight Longhair Cat Breed | The Pedigree Paws


    Scottish Straight Longhair Cat Breed | The Pedigree Paws

    Scottish Straights are generally a healthy cat breed, just like their Scottish Fold siblings. Their life expectancy is between eleven to fourteen years with proper care, exercise, and provided with a high-quality and age appropriate diet. But there are still health issues that may affect the Scottish Straights, which include the following:

    • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy – is a form of heart disease.
    • Degenerative joint disease – it causes pain or pain mobility on their tail, ankle or knee joints.

    Children & Other Pets

    The easygoing and loving Scottish Straight loves to interact and play. That’s why they are an outstanding choice for families with children. They can learn tricks easily and loves the attention and affection they get from children who treat them with care and respect. Nonetheless, always supervise younger kids to prevent accidents and won’t hurt the cat by pulling their delicate fur or twisting their tail. Remember, Scottish Straights are do not like being carried or picked up.

    Scottish Straights are delighted and excited to live with other cats and cat-friendly dogs. But as always, it is recommended to introduce pets gradually and in controlled environments to ensure that they learn to get along great together. 

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