American Wirehair

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    The American Wirehair is a spontaneous mutation of the American Shorthair. The only difference is the stiff, wiry coat – every hair is crimped and springy, including the whiskers. The rounded head has high cheekbones and medium-sized, round-tipped ears, while the widely-spaced eyes are large and round.


    The American Wirehair is a strong, muscular cat that likes active play as well as the affection and quiet times and gets along with children and pets.


    The American Wirehair was developed from a farm red and white cat named Adam discovered in 1966 in upstate New York. The male kitten from non-pedigreed parents was the only one of six kittens with dense, wiry fur. Experienced breeders selectively bred from those kittens to consolidate the genetic characteristics of the coat.

    The curly coat occurs in various colors. All hairs on an American Wirehair is usually crimped, including even the hair inside the ears and whiskers. The American Wirehair cat was officially recognized in 1977 and can be found all around the world, but is most popular in the USA.

    At A Glance:

    Breed Classification:



    A wide range of colors and patterns, including black, red, blue, cream, white, tortoiseshell, smoke, shaded and tipped, and tabby.

    Average Litter Size:


    Life Span:

    15 Years


    According to breeders, American Wirehair makes excellent pets because of their gentle, well tempered and easygoing nature and their devotion to their owners. These cats get along with other pets and children.

    Grooming Requirements:

    The wiry hair is easily damaged, so brushing or combing is not advised except during the spring shedding season.

    Social skills:

    American Wirehair cat gets along very well with pets.

    Suitability for Children:

    They love children.

    Energy Level:

    Moderately active, adjust easily to family lifestyle.


    Not very talkative


    These are very healthy cats.



    Cause Allergies:


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