The Scottish Fold is a domestic cat breed that has a natural dominant-gene mutation which affects cartilage throughout the body. This gene mutation causes its ears to fold, being forward and down towards the front of its head. Scottish Folds were originally known as lop-eared or lops, named after the lop-eared rabbit, but in 1966, its name changed to Scottish Fold. But its name varies depending on registries and they are sometimes known as Highland Fold, and Longhair Fold. If you’re interested in the Scottish Fold cat breed, then read on to know about its history and characteristics.