The British Veterinary Association (BVA) would like to see an end to the designer breeding of a popular feline known as the Scottish Fold cat. Originally called lop-eared or lops, it is a breed of domestic cat that carries a natural dominant-gene mutation known to affect cartilage throughout the animal’s body, leading the ears to fold. The bending forward and downward towards the front of the head gives the cat an "owl-like" appearance. Scottish Fold became the odd-looking breed’s name back in 1966. They’re also known as Highland Folds, Scottish Fold Longhairs, Longhair Folds and Couparis.
British Veterinary Association
According to U.K. veterinarian Gudrun Ravetz while speaking to the BBC, “These cats have serious health and welfare problems. They have incurable, chronic painful conditions that they will develop, so we shouldn’t be breeding cats that have a known problem.” This is not unusual for purebred animals whose inbreeding and over breeding often results in known deficiencies in the animals, the consequences of which are well documented.
Scottish Fold Cat Breeders
But not everyone’s in agreement with the BVA. An outspoken Scottish Fold breeder, who also had a chance to sit down and chat with the BBC, had this to say, “When you balance that against the number of other health issues that occur in other breeds, you could argue that for most pedigree breeds.” Her argument is more of a help than a hindrance for animal activists and veterinarians everywhere who would like to see an end to designer breeding in animals of all types.
Designer Breed Arguments
The arguments against designer breeds have been raging for decades now. Look at Great Danes and their hip problems or Frenchies being bred for their huge bowling-ball-shaped heads and their problems with natural births and their issues related to brachycephalic syndrome. While the problems are glaringly evident, neither of these breeds or the dozens of others that suffer from generations of designer breeding will probably ever disappear, and most of us don’t necessarily want them to.
Selfish? Perhaps, but we love them. In fact, many of us can’t imagine our lives without them. What do you think about designer breeds, or purebreds, for that matter? For it’s really all the same thing. Sound off with your thoughts on breeds and breeders in the comment section below. We’d love to hear your take on the matter.