Scottish fold ears run the gamut from totally straight to tightly folded and just about everywhere in between!
A previous poster was correct when they said that Scottish Fold breedings should involve one straight eared parent. If two folded ear cats are bred, there is a chance that a kitten will be homozygous (getting a folded gene from each parent) for folded ears. When this happens, the condition that usually affects only the ears, affects the entire body and cripples the cat. In show rings, you will see judges checking the flexibility of Scottish Folds' tails. They do this to make sure the cat doesn't have any trace of this stiffining bone condition.
Because a straight eared parent is used, you will get varying degrees of folding. Only tightly folded is competitive in the show ring, but the other offspring are all Scottish Fold as well!
The following subject touches a nerve with me . . .
As for purchasing cats and dogs at pet stores - in my opinion the pet stores themselves aren't the ones that are the real problem. It is the breeders that produce kittens for pet stores. Like a previous poster said **no breeder that gives a darn about the kittens they breed would ever give them to a third party to sell, where the only screening qualification for purchasing the kitten is a credit card.** If a kitten is purchased on impulse from a pet store (which most of them are) and doesn't work out in its new home, the pet store won't take it back. They are done with it from the second you give them that money. For this reason, many of these kittens wind up in shelters or in rescue.
Many pet stores don't know the *real* origin of where the kittens come from. When they say they don't purchase from kitten mills, they are telling the truth. The kittens are purchased from a *broker* like Hunte or Lambriar, who purchases them from kitten mills and resells them to pet stores around the country. Not all kitten mills are filthy - however they are all in the business of producing kittens solely for money and the cats are treated like "livestock". USDA (who breeders have to be registered with to sell to third parties and pet stores) have very minimal basic requirements for animals kept as livestock. I believe the breeding cats are permitted to live their lives in a 24" x 24" (that's inches) cage, just as long as they can get up and turn around on their own. Unfortunately, what kitten buyers don't see are these cats behind the scenes, the mother and father cats who live their lives in small cages and exist for the sole purpose of producing kittens for pet stores. When they stop producing, they are destroyed. Every time someone buys a pet store kitten thinking they are "rescuing it", another will be ordered from the broker to take its place, keeping the cycle alive.
The same goes for puppies. No reputable breeder sells to a pet store. Period. In fact, most breed club codes of ethics forbid breeders to sell through a third party.
Off my soap box - good night everyone!