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Scottish Fold Munchkin Mix Cat Breed: Info, Pictures, Characteristics & Facts

Kathryn Copeland

By Kathryn Copeland

scottish fold munchkin cat lying on pillow

Height 5–10 inches
Weight 4–9 pounds
Lifespan 11–15 years
Colors Multiple colors
Suitable for Families, single people, seniors, living in apartments or houses
Temperament Sweet, affectionate, intelligent, friendly, social, calm, playful

The Scottish Fold Munchkin is on our list of cats guilty of cuteness overload! This breed is typically called the Scottish Kilt or less commonly, the Gaelic Fold, and is a cross between the short-legged Munchkin and the well-known Scottish Fold breeds.

These cats have short, little legs and folded ears. Combine this with their ginormous round eyes, and you’ve got yourself one adorable little feline! Both the Munchkin and the Scottish Fold come in a large variety of colors and coat types at different lengths, so the Scottish Kilt can be almost any color and be short, medium, or long-haired.

Scottish Fold Munchkin Kittens

Black scottish fold munchkin on a chair
Image Credit: bulbspark, Shutterstock


The Scottish Fold Munchkin is a calm cat but can be quite playful and active and is intelligent enough to be trained to do a few tricks. They are friendly cats with an average lifespan that could unfortunately be affected by some of the health conditions seen in this breed.

3 Little-Known Facts About the Scottish Fold Munchkin

1. These cats can have a variety of appearances

Some will have longer legs and folded ears, while others might have short legs and upright ears. This means they might more closely resemble one of their parents rather than a combination of both. In these cases, many breeders tend to lower the price if they aren’t short-legged or sport those adorable, folded ears.

2. The folded ears can be a sign of later health problems

Unfortunately, as cute as the folded ears are, they can also be an indication of future joint issues as these cats mature. The more folded over the ears are, the more likely that they will live in pain for a large part of their lives.

3. The term “munchkin” is more about the legs

The Scottish Fold Munchkin isn’t that much shorter than other cats, so it’s all about those short little legs. The name “Munchkin” was taken from “The Wizard of Oz”!

Parent breeds of the Scottish Fold Munchkin
The parent breeds of Scottish Fold Munchkin: Left – Scottish Fold (t_watanabe, Pixabay) | Right – Munchkin (Phannasit, Shutterstock)

Temperament & Intelligence of the Scottish Fold Munchkin

Both the Scottish Fold and Munchkin breeds are known to be sweet and affectionate cats, so you can expect the same with the Scottish Kilt. They expect plenty of attention from their families and form strong bonds with their owners.

Both the Scottish Fold and Munchkins are intelligent cats, so the Scottish Fold Munchkin is also smart. They might even take to playing fetch with you!

Are These Cats Good for Families? 👪

The Scottish Kilt is wonderful with children, and their affectionate and playful natures will make them fun pets for the family. However, always keep a close eye on younger children while they are interacting with these cats, as we want everyone to remain safe.

Does This Breed Get Along With Other Pets?

The Scottish Fold Munchkin is known to get along well with other pets—cats and dogs are all welcome in the Scottish Kilt’s world.

Things to Know When Owning a Scottish Fold Munchkin

Food & Diet Requirements 🐡

When you bring your new Scottish Kilt home, the breeder or rescue group (or wherever you got your cat) will typically send food along too. You can either continue to purchase the same food for your cat or if you want to switch to a new one, start adding it to your cat’s old food and do a gradual switch. This can help avoid any gastrointestinal problems.

You should also provide your Scottish Kilt with canned food and constant access to fresh and clean water. You can consider a cat fountain, as the extra water that your cat will most likely drink (and through their canned food), can help prevent future kidney disease.

Exercise 🐈

You would think that the Scottish Fold Munchkin with their short little legs would be not that active, but these cats are playful and energetic. You can invest in toys, like feather wands, and you will have one happy and entertained cat!

Wide-eyed Scottish munchkin cat
Image Credit: Ryu Hyunsoo, Shutterstock

Training 🧶

The Scottish Kilt is intelligent and can take to training. Just be sure to keep the training interesting and fun, and you never know what they will be capable of doing.

Grooming ✂️

This will depend on what kind of coat your Scottish Kilt inherits from their parents. If they are short-haired, you might only need to brush them about once a week, but if they’re long-haired, you’ll need to brush them two or three times a week.

You should regularly trim their nails and brush their teeth, or you can provide them with dental treats if they don’t enjoy the toothbrushing process. You’ll need to pay extra attention to their ears, particularly if they’re folded over. Check and clean them every week, and look for mites, foul odor, and possible infections.

Health and Conditions 🏥

The Scottish Kilt is susceptible to joint issues, but they can also develop various problems with their bones.

Serious Conditions
  • The Scottish Fold Munchkin is prone to kidney diseasearthritisScottish Fold osteodystrophy, and lordosis.
  • You should keep an eye on your cat for any signs of pain. Cats do an excellent job at hiding their pain, so if you ever notice your cat behaving differently, you should take them to your vet. The sad truth is that many Scottish Kilts need pain medication for most of their lives.
Minor Conditions
  • There doesn’t appear to be any minor health conditions for this breed. There is always the possibility of a cat developing allergies or skin conditions throughout their lifetime, but nothing too serious.

Male vs. Female

The male Scottish Kilt will be slightly larger and heavier than the female, but this can also depend on which parent the cat takes after the most.

You should definitely have your cat neutered or spayed. Unneutered males tend to spray and wander off in search of viable females. They also tend to be noisy and get into fights with other males. Unspayed females will go into heat and spend most of their time yowling, being restless, and altogether somewhat difficult to be around. Spaying and neutering your cat will not only prevent unwanted pregnancies but also put a stop to these behaviors.

Final Thoughts

The Scottish Fold Munchkin can make the perfect pet! But be sure to only purchase one from a responsible breeder who specializes in this breed (if you can’t find a Scottish Kilt through a rescue group). There’s a possibility that this breed will develop painful joint and bone conditions, so you need to be prepared for this.

Just ensure that you’re home often enough, as the Scottish Kilt thrives on companionship and won’t do well when left alone. Anyway, who can resist spending time with these sweet and loving cats?

Featured Image Credit by: Kellee Kovalsky, Shutterstock

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