Scottish Shorthair

Growth Size

Scottish Shorthairs grow to a weight of 3 – 4.5kg.


14 – 16 years.


Sweet natured, and loves companionship. This breed will happily sit around the house watching their owners perform day-to-day activities. They also benefit from living with other pets.

Training Difficulty

Although an intelligent breed, the Scottish Shorthair can be a bit stubborn when it comes to training. They don't feel the need to impress anyone, so persistence is the key.

Recommended Owners

Scottish Shorthairs are recommended for people who can give them the company they crave. This breed won't do well if it is left alone for long periods of time.


Scottish Shorthairs are Scottish Folds without the ear folding gene. They are born in the same litter as Scottish Folds, as a Fold must be mated with a Shorthair, rather than another Fold. This is to avoid potential genetic problems being passed onto the kittens. It wasn't until 2002 that the Scottish Shorthair became a recognised breed in Australia.


All cats are 'obligate carnivores', which means they require meat in their diet. Taurine is essential to a cat's health, and it gets this amino acid from either wet or dry foods containing meat. Depending on factors such as size and weight, adult cats can eat a quarter to half a cup of dry food per day, or 140 – 250g of wet food per day. These amounts can be halved if feeding a diet of both wet and dry food.

Please note! The dietary guidelines specified above are only a guide and feeding may vary based on your pet's size, activity level, and metabolism.


This breed's short hair is easy to groom. A weekly 15 minute brush should suffice to remove any loose hairs and keep the coat looking healthy.


While Scottish Shorthairs are essentially Scottish Folds without the folded ears, some of them still retail the folded ear gene which can be passed onto their own litters.