The Foldex

BY MURIEL BÉGIN
Katrina-Cat

Published April 2013

French Translation

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The Foldex is a breed of cat developed in the province of Québec in Canada beginning in the early 1990s. It was originally produced by crossing a Scottish Fold with an Exotic Shorthair. The Foldex blends the physical features of the two parent breeds in moderation, creating a cat which has a sweet open expression with a gentle fold to its ears — the goal being to produce a cat that has the look of a small teddy bear.


photo by Blue Sky Photography
Lypercha Pierre-de-Lune, Silver Classic Tabby Female Foldex Shorthair

History of The Foldex Breed

The Foldex made its first appearance in a Québec show hall in 1995 when Betty-Ann Yaxley exhibited a kitten in the Canadian Cat Association (CCA).

People were captivated by the adorable look of the new breed and several breeders decided to work to develop and promote the breed. One of these new breeders was Jeanne Barrette. It was Jeanne's relentless work and perseverance that led to the Foldex being accepted as an Experimental Breed in CCA in November 1998. Being a minority breed, progress was slow but the Foldex was finally accepted as a New Breed in August 2006 and then acquired full Championship breed status in March 2010.


photo by Blue Sky Photography
This is an example of an early Foldex, a Seal Point and White Male, bred by Jeanne Barrette

Because the Foldex breed is only recognized by the Canadian Cat Association (CCA), it is currently being bred mainly in Canada, although there are Foldex in the US and Europe. Muriel BÉGIN of Katrina-Cat Cattery is the current Foldex Breed Secretary in CCA.



photo by Chanan

Katrina-Cat Cristobal-Roméo of Brana da Garepa, Brown Mackerel Tabby Foldex Shorthair

General Appearance

The Foldex has a shorter nose than a Scottish Fold but not as short as an Exotic Shorthair. The eyes are well rounded and wide open. The head is round when viewed from every angle. The ears are small with rounded tips. Ears have a single fold which causes them to point forward in a downward direction. The body of the Foldex is massive with good bone structure and a short neck.

Nothing is extreme in the Foldex. All features are moderate. Both shorthair and longhair coats are permitted. For more details about the Foldex appearance, please read The Foldex Breed Standard.

Temperament

The Foldex is an active, cheerful, intelligent and curious cat. Affectionate, it approaches strangers with ease and enjoys being petted. Foldex generally have a very charming personality.


CH Sérénité Rustco, Red Classic Tabby/White Foldex Shorthair


Foldex Littermate Kittens . . .
one with straight ears and one with folded ears.

Foldex Genetics

The most distinctive feature of the Foldex is obviously its folded ears.

As in their parent breed, the Foldex ears are due to a single dominant or incomplete dominant gene. Breeders of Foldex never mate a folded ear cat with another folded ear cat for fear of doubling up on the folded ear gene — something that can result in bone deformities.

Because breeders only pair a folded ear cat with a straight ear cat, it means that statistically only 50% of the resulting kittens will receive the gene for the folded ear.

The Foldex Ear

All Foldex kittens are born with straight, unfolded ears. The ears of a kittens with the Fold gene will begin to show the fold within 21 - 28 days from birth.

The folding of the ear continues to slowly develop over the next few months until by the time the kitten is 11-12 weeks of age, the quality of the folded ear can be determined. A Foldex cat has a single fold in its ears, unlike the Scottish Fold which has a double or triple crease that causes the ear to lie totally flat against the head.

The kittens that do not develop folded ears are called "Straights".

Allowable Crosses

Foldex are produced through the matings of four different breed combinations:

  1. Foldex x Foldex (Straight)
  2. Foldex x Exotic Shorthair
  3. Foldex x Scottish Fold (One parent would be straight-eared)
  4. Scottish Fold x Exotic Shorthair

 


 

Photo Gallery Of Foldex

Below, we have gathered together a collection of photos of this charming breed. We want to thank all the breeders and photographers who contributed, and especially Lynn Jette of Blue Sky Photography, Orleans, Ontario, Canada who provided so many of her stunning images that are featured in this article.

 


The Shorthaired Foldex


 


CH Shamal Nanook
First Foldex National Winner in The Canadian Cat Association

Black Female Foldex Shorthair carrying Chocolate and Points
DOB : January 22, 2012
Sire : CH Dainty Charm Mishka Wooty of Shamal (Exotic Shorthair)
Dam : Chamyka Sitelle of Shamal (Foldex Shorthair)
Breeder : Jessie Charbonneau  - Shamal Cattery



photo by Blue Sky Photography
CH Katrina-Cat Juliette Greco
Black Female Foldex Shorthair
DOB : May 02, 2007
Sire : Yano Prince Jivago (Foldex Shorthair)
Dam : CH Ladiluck Clara of Katrina-Cat  (Exotic Shorthair)
Breeder: Muriel BÉGIN - Katrina-Cat Cattery



photo by Blue Sky Photography
CH Katrina-Cat Bonaparte
Black/White Male Foldex Shorthair
DOB : April 10, 2010
Sire : GC RW Sunsoar Jamaican me Crazy of Katrina-Cat (Exotic Shorthair)
Dam : CH Katrina-Cat Beauty Spot (Foldex Shorthair)
Breeder: Muriel BÉGIN - Katrina-Cat Cattery



photo by Blue Sky Photography
Katrina-Cat Jeanne
Calico Female Foldex Shorthair
DOB : May 24, 2010
Sire : GCH LT* Lelija Pouchkine of Katrina-Cat (Exotic Shorthair)
Dam : CH Katrina-Cat Juliette Gréco (Foldex Shorthair)
Breeder: Muriel BÉGIN - Katrina-Cat Cattery


CH Sérénité Rustco
Red / White Classic Tabby Male FoldexShorthair
DOB : April 12, 2012
Sire : CH Katrina-Cat Boucar of Sérénité (Foldex Shorthair)
Dam : CH Petjoy’s Suzie Q of Sérénité (Exotic Shorthair)

Breeder: Carole GOUBAULT, Sérénité Cattery


Tabby Foldex Shorthair




photo by Chanan

Katrina-Cat Cristobal-Roméo of Brana da Garepa
Brown Mackerel Tabby Foldex Shorthair
DOB : December 20, 2005
Sire : Yano Prince Jivago (Foldex Shorthair)
Dam : CH Katrina-Cat Charlie (Exotic Shorthair)
Breeder: Muriel BÉGIN - Katrina-Cat Cattery


photo by Blue Sky Photography
CH Lypercha Grand-Duc-Daméric
Brown Classic Tabby Male Foldex Shorthair
DOB : July 11, 2010
Sire : ICH Farallon Motown Popstar of Lypercha (Exotic Shorthair)
Dam : Lypercha Madame-de-Pompadour (Foldex Longhair)
Breeder : Suzanne Morissette - Lypercha Cattery



photo by Blue Sky Photography
Lypercha Pierre-de-Lune
Silver Classic Tabby Female Foldex Shorthair
DOB : June 28,2009
Sire : CH Farallon Motown Popstar of Lypercha (Exotic Shorthair)
Dam : CH Lypercha Madame-de-Pompadour (Foldex Longhair)
Breeder : Suzanne Morissette - Lypercha Cattery



Longhaired Foldex




photo by Blue Sky Photography
Lypercha Divine-Providence
Silver Shaded Female Foldex Longhair
DOB : June 07, 2005
Sire:  Carat-Chat Fakir of Lypercha (Exotic Longhair)
Dam: Lypercha Olympe Caprice-des-Dieux  (Foldex Shorthair)
Breeder : Suzanne Morissette - Lypercha Cattery



photo by Blue Sky Photography
CH Lypercha Madame-de-Pompadour
Silver Shaded Female Foldex Longhair
DOB : June 07, 2005
Sire:  Carat-Chat Fakir of Lypercha (Exotic Longhair)
Dam: Lypercha Olympe Caprice-des-Dieux  (Foldex Shorthair)
Breeder : Suzanne Morissette - Lypercha Cattery


Pointed Foldex



Shamal Caspurr
Seal Point Male Foldex Shorthair
DOB : January 22, 2012
Sire : CH Dainty Charm Mishka Wooty of Shamal (Exotic Shorthair)
Dam : Chamyka Sitelle of Shamal (Foldex Shorthair)
Breeder : Jessie Charbonneau  - Shamal Cattery


Head Studies of Foldex

Foldex is what is called a "head breed" with 40 points in the Breed Standard assigned to the head alone.
Below is a Gallery of closeup photos of Foldex illustrating a variety of head types.




CH Shamal Nanook
First Foldex National Winner in The Canadian Cat Association

Black Female Foldex Shorthair carrying Chocolate and Points
DOB : January 22, 2012
Sire : CH Dainty Charm Mishka Wooty of Shamal (Exotic Shorthair)
Dam : Chamyka Sitelle of Shamal (Foldex Shorthair)
Breeder : Jessie Charbonneau  - Shamal Cattery


photo by Chanan
Katrina-Cat Cristobal-Roméo of Brana da Garepa
Brown Mackerel Tabby Foldex Shorthair
DOB : December 20, 2005
Sire : Yano Prince Jivago (Foldex Shorthair)
Dam : CH Katrina-Cat Charlie (Exotic Shorthair)

Breeder: Muriel BÉGIN - Katrina-Cat Cattery


photo by Blue Sky Photography
CH Lypercha Madame-de-Pompadour
Silver Shaded Female Foldex Longhair
DOB : June 07, 2005
Sire:  Carat-Chat Fakir of Lypercha (Exotic Longhair)
Dam: Lypercha Olympe Caprice-des-Dieux  (Foldex Shorthair)
Breeder : Suzanne Morissette - Lypercha Cattery



photo by Blue Sky Photography
Lypercha Pierre-de-Lune
Silver Classic Tabby Female Foldex Shorthair
DOB : June 28,2009
Sire : CH Farallon Motown Popstar of Lypercha (Exotic Shorthair)
Dam : CH Lypercha Madame-de-Pompadour (Foldex Longhair)
Breeder : Suzanne Morissette - Lypercha Cattery


photo by Blue Sky Photography
CH Katrina-Cat Bonaparte
Black/White Male Foldex Shorthair
DOB : April 10, 2010
Sire : GC RW Sunsoar Jamaican me Crazy of Katrina-Cat (Exotic Shorthair)
Dam : CH Katrina-Cat Beauty Spot (Foldex Shorthair)
Breeder: Muriel BÉGIN - Katrina-Cat Cattery


photo by Blue Sky Photography

CH Katrina-Cat Juliette Greco
Black Female Foldex Shorthair
DOB : May 02, 2007
Sire : Yano Prince Jivago (Foldex Shorthair)
Dam : CH Ladiluck Clara of Katrina-Cat  (Exotic Shorthair)
Breeder: Muriel BÉGIN - Katrina-Cat Cattery


photo by Blue Sky Photography

Katrina-Cat Jeanne
Calico Female Foldex Shorthair
DOB : May 24, 2010
Sire : GCH LT* Lelija Pouchkine of Katrina-Cat (Exotic Shorthair)
Dam : CH Katrina-Cat Juliette Gréco (Foldex Shorthair)

Breeder: Muriel BÉGIN - Katrina-Cat Cattery


Katrina-Cat Pétrus
Golden Mackerel Tabby Male Foldex Shorthair
DOB : October 07, 2007
Sire : Yano Prince Jivago (Foldex Shorthair)
Dam : Katrina-Cat Bécassine (Foldex Shorthair straight ears)
Breeder: Muriel BÉGIN - Katrina-Cat Cattery


Katrina-Cat Proust
Red Mackerel Tabby Male Foldex Shorthair Kitten
DOB : November 07, 2011
Sire : CH Katrina-Cat Bonaparte (Foldex Shorthair)
Dam :GC RW Katrina-Cat Lady-Rougette  (Exotic Shorthair)
Breeder: Muriel BÉGIN - Katrina-Cat Cattery


Foldex, CH Katrina-Cat Bonaparte, promoting cat show in Quebec, Canada
photo by Blue Sky Photography

Photo at the top of this page is by Blue Sky Photography

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