Originally Posted by twokatz
I have been following this thread and have learned some stuff. When I was looking for these last two kittens I was looking for more Persians and also at the Scottish Folds. I know nothing about genetics but the info I got was that with the Persians you can have two very flat faced parents and some of the kittens will have the flat face and some the more traditional doll face. I have had Persians for over 25 years and have found this to be true.The last two breeders had show type but some of the pet quality had the longer nose.
With the Scottish Fold not all kittens will have the folded ears. This is another reason why I would not want to be a breeder, it is very confusing! So it is very possible to have a purebred that does not look like a true purebred, the only real way to know is if there are papers.
A bit off topic but anyways.. Some Scottish Fold breeders register the straight eared kittens as British Shorthairs to get them sold better and to be allowed to take them to shows.. That is very very bad thing to do, because the straight eared Folds can have fold eared kittens and that means that British Shorthair as a pure breed is in danger because you can't have a 'supposed to be' British Shorthair litter with fold eared kittens in it.
If you can't be sure that your BSH really is a BSH, you can't mate it with Scottish Fold or it may cause problems, so the false registering can also destroy the Scottish Fold breed aswell (because they need to be mated with BSH in every generation).
And about Persians.. My other cat is a British Longhair, both of his parents are British Shorthairs. Several people have thought that he is a Persian because he looks like a doll faced one (his fur is just a bit shorter, semi-long). Even the vet wrote in his files that my cat is a Persian (but I obviously corrected it). Another vet told my friend that her DSH cat is European Shorthair.. I had quite a battle with trying to convince her that her cat is not purebred (it was from a regular barn cats' litter). The cat people in Finland actually call some vets (most of them) cowdoctors because they really don't know anything about cats or other animals smaller than a cow.
Fortunately that has started to change, slowly but surely.
People that have longhaired kittens always try to get them sold by saying that they are half-Norwegian Forestcats or Siberians, and that Russian Blue-thing is very common here too.. I just hate that. Why won't they accept the fact that the cat is regular domestic? Like it would make the cat somehow more special if it had some purebreds in it's lineage.