|Place of Origin: United States|
|Coat Type: springy, dense & coarse|
|Color: all cat colors & patterns|
|Temperament: Intelligent, affectionate, curious, sometimes calm,
sometimes wild, good with children & other pets
Cat of the Month for January
The American Wirehair is a lively, playful cat with its springy fur often has whiskers that curl.
Where do American Wirehairs come from?
In 1966, in a little town in Upstate New York, the first American Wirehair was born. The wirehair was a natural mutation. The kitten and his sister were bought by a Rex breeder in the same town. She built up a breeding program and by 1978 the Wirehair was accepted into competition.
What do American Wirehairs look like?
Similar to the American Shorthair, American Wirehairs are strong, muscular cats. They come in an assortment of cat colors. The wire coat (unlike the Rex, is from a dominant gene) is what sets the wirehair apart. It is springy, dense and coarse and it is not uncommon for the whiskers of a Wirehair to be curled as well. Cheekbones are high, heads are round and the muzzle is pronounced. Eyes are golden except for white cats – eyes are blue or amber.
Do American Wirehairs make good pets?
American Wirehairs have been described as intelligent, affectionate, calm, reserved, wild, playful, and inquisitive cats. They are friendly towards dogs and other pets. They prefer to stay indoors with the family. Wirehairs can be both active and quiet. They enjoy being lapcats and they would make a great addition to any household.
Where can I get an American Wirehair?
The Pure Breed Cate Rescue is a place to go to adopt an American Wirehair in need.
Possible Health Issues
Some risk of feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, but generally a healthy breed.