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Scottish Fold Colors – 20 Common and Rare Varieties (With Pictures)

Kit Copson

By Kit Copson

Blue Scottish fold on sofa

In addition to their distinctive folded ears and owl-like features, Scottish Folds are known for their diversity in terms of coat colors, color combinations, and patterns. According to the Cat Fancier’s Association (CFA), any genetically possible color and pattern or combinations of these colors and patterns are acceptable—this means the possibilities are pretty much endless!

In this post, we’ll take a closer look at the multitude of Scottish Fold colors, combinations, and patterns, both common and rare, to give you a true feel for just how diverse these smart and good-natured cats are.

The 20 Scottish Fold Colors

1. Black

black scottish fold kitten sits on a sofa
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The CFA describes solid black Scottish Folds as “coal black.” This pure color should come with no rust tints and no smoke undercoat. Black Scottish folds have copper or gold eyes, black or brown paw pads, and black noses.

2. White

white scottish fold cat sitting
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Like black Scottish Folds, white Scottish Folds are purely white—as white as snow, if you will! However, white Scottish Folds have an extra potential eye color, which is blue in addition to copper or gold. Some white Scottish folds even have eyes in two colors. The nose and paw pads are pink.

3. Blue

Scottish Fold cat (blue) face closeup shot
Scottish Fold cat (blue) (Image Credit: Peter Perepelkin, Wikimedia Commons CC 3.0 Unported)

Blue Scottish Folds can come in shades of both light and dark blue, though the CFA prefers lighter shades. These cats have blue noses and paw pads and copper or gold eyes. Judging by most photos, blue seems to be a pretty common Scottish Fold color.

4. Red

Furry red scottish fold highland breed Cat
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If a Scottish Fold is red in color, you can expect it to be a very deep and striking red free of markings, shading, and/or ticking. The eyes are copper or gold and the nose and paw pads are a brownish-red color.

5. Chocolate

Chocolate-colored Scottish folds are a gorgeous, deep, rich brown shade. The nose is also brown and the paw pads can be either cinnamon or brown. The eyes are copper or gold.

6. Cream

Scottish Folds with cream coloration are light (preferred) in shade and marking-free. The color resembles a kind of very light tan shade. Cream Scottish Folds have copper or gold eyes and pink noses and paw pads.

7. Fawn

Scottish fold fawn walks through the snow
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Fawn is a shade of dilute brown, described by the CFA as “light lavender” with “cocoa overtones.” Like the cream Scottish Fold, the CFA prefers lighter shades of fawn. The nose and paw pads are also fawn in color and the eyes can be copper or gold.

8. Lilac

scottish fold Lilac
3mo lilac Scottish Fold Fanel (Image Credit: Psihopat, Wikimedia Commons CC 3.0 Unported)

Lilac Scottish Folds are a dusty grey color with, if you look closely, an almost pink tint to the coat. Like many other Scottish Fold colors, the eyes are gold or copper, but the nose and paws are a lavender-pink shade.

9. Cinnamon

Cinnamon is a light brown shade with a reddish tone. The nose and paw pads are the same color as the coat and the eyes are copper or gold.

10. Shaded Silver

Scottish Fold silver shaded
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Shaded silver Scottish Folds have white undercoats and black tipping on the face, tail, and sides while the belly, chest, chin, and the area underneath the tail are white. Their eyes, lips, and noses are black-rimmed and their eyes are green or blue-green. The nose is reddish-brown, and the paw pads are black.

11. Chinchilla Silver

silver chinchilla Scottish fold playing toy
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Like shaded silver Scottish Folds, chinchilla silver Scottish Folds have a pure white undercoat. Black tipping is visible on the back, head, tail, and flanks, and the legs can also be tipped. The chin, belly, chest, and ear tufts are white, and the eyes, lips, and nose are black-rimmed. The paws pads are black, the nose is reddish-brown, and the eyes are green or blue-green.

12. Chinchilla Golden

Scottish fold Highland golden chinchilla
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Unlike the chinchilla silver Scottish Fold, the chinchilla golden Scottish Fold has a cream undercoat. The tail, head, back, and flanks are black-tipped and the chin, belly, chest, and ear tufts are cream. The nose is a rosy color, the paw pads are black, and the eyes are green or blue-green.

13. Shaded Colors

Scottish Fold cat
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The shaded coat type is very varied in Scottish Folds. In addition to shaded silver, you can also find Scottish Folds in the following colors:

  • Shaded cameo (red shaded)
  • Dilute shaded cameo (cream shaded)
  • Blue shaded
  • Chocolate shaded
  • Lilac shaded
  • Fawn shaded
  • Cinnamon shaded
  • Tortoiseshell shaded
  • Blue-cream shaded
  • Chocolate tortoiseshell shaded
  • Cinnamon tortoiseshell shaded
  • Lilac cream shaded

14. Smoke Colors

Smoke cats have pure white roots and colored tips on their coats. This is only possible in cats with a solid color. Here are the various smoke color combinations in Scottish Folds:

  • Black smoke
  • Blue smoke
  • Cameo (red) smoke
  • Chocolate smoke
  • Lilac smoke
  • Cinnamon smoke
  • Fawn smoke
  • Tortoiseshell smoke
  • Blue cream smoke
  • Chocolate tortoiseshell smoke
  • Lilac-cream smoke
  • Cinnamon tortoiseshell smoke
  • Fawn-cream smoke

15. Tabby

Tabby is another possible coat pattern in Scottish Folds and, once again, tabby Scottish Folds are very diverse. Here are the potential tabby patterns and colors:

  • Classic tabby
  • Mackerel tabby
  • Spotted tabby
  • Ticked tabby
  • Patched tabby
  • Silver tabby
  • Blue-silver tabby
  • Blue-silver patched tabby
  • Red tabby
  • Brown tabby
  • Cream tabby
  • Blue tabby
  • Chocolate tabby
  • Cameo tabby
  • Cream cameo (dilute) tabby
  • Chocolate silver tabby
  • Cinnamon tabby
  • Cinnamon silver tabby
  • Lilac tabby
  • Lilac silver tabby
  • Fawn tabby
  • Fawn silver tabby
  • Tabby & white

16. Tortoiseshell

british fold tortoiseshell cat on a tree stump
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Tortoiseshell cats are bi-colored, which gives their coats a tortoise-like appearance. In Scottish Folds, various combinations are possible, but the standard tortoiseshell is black with red patches and/or red areas in various places on the body and/or limbs. A variety of red shades are CFA-accepted. Other tortie combinations include:

  • Tortoiseshell & white
  • Chocolate
  • Chocolate & white
  • Cinnamon
  • Cinnamon & white

17. Calico

Calico Scottish Fold
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Calico Scottish Folds are tri-colored. Their coats are white with black and red patches and white on the underparts. The patches are unbrindled. The eyes can be either gold, copper, or blue, or there can be one blue eye and one gold eye. Dilute calicos also have white coats, but the patches are blue and cream instead of black and red.

18. Dilute Color Combinations

Dilute cat coat colors are cream, lilac, blue, and fawn. There are various dilute colors and combinations with solid colors including:

  • Blue-cream
  • Blue-cream & white
  • Lilac-cream
  • Fawn-cream
  • Fawn-cream & white

19. Bi-color

scottish fold Bicolor
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Bi-color Scottish Folds are white with black patches, white with blue patches, white with red patches, or white with cream patches. The patches are unbrindled.

20. Pointed

Pointed Scottish Folds have light-colored bodies clearly contrasted with darker points in various shades on the ears, feet, legs, mask, and tail. Point types are:

  • Seal point (deep brown points)
  • Seal lynx point
  • Chocolate point
  • Chocolate lynx point
  • Blue point
  • Blue lynx point
  • Blue-cream point
  • Blue-cream lynx point
  • Lilac point
  • Lilac-lynx point
  • Lilac-cream point
  • Lilac-cream lynx point
  • Flame (red) point
  • Flame lynx point
  • Cream point
  • Cream lynx point
  • Tortie point
  • Tortie-lynx point
  • Chocolate-tortie point
  • Chocolate tortie-lynx point
  • Cinnamon-tortie point
  • Cinnamon-tortie lynx point
  • cinnamon -lynx point
  • Fawn-cream point
  • Fawn-lynx point
  • Fawn-cream lynx point


One thing’s for sure—if you’re planning on bringing home a Scottish Fold, you’re certainly going to be spoiled for choice color and pattern-wise! If you’re curious about the rarest cat coat colors, they are chinchilla, smoke, cinnamon, chocolate, lilac, fawn, cream, and pointed. That being said, Scottish Folds are pretty rare themselves!

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