Being among the rarest of breeds, though often compared to the American Shorthair, The American Wirehair has a springy wiry coat, including the ear fur and whiskers. The Wirehair has a moderate, sturdy body, roundhead high cheekbones and pronounced muzzle. Displaying enough different qualities to give it its’ own special breed. Breeders are allowed by registries to outcross to the American Shorthair for diversity in the lines, but often times this will create a longer coat that will straight as the cat becomes and adult, making it more like the American Shorthair side of the lines. A Wirehair with a good wiry coat is an easily maintained fur coat, but, brushing may damage the fur, therefore, should only really need attention when shedding season rolls around. Mostly unknown outside of North America, these intelligent cats make good affectionate companions for humans, though tend to be the top ruler of the household and other cats.
This is a medium-size cat weighing 8 to 15 pounds.
Still one of the rarest breeds, these cats can be traced back to a farm in New York, where they naturally mutated to have a more Terrier type wiry hair, which can be identified right from birth.
Available in almost any color or pattern with the exception of the color point colors found in Siamese and Himalayan and silver coloring.
New York, New York, USA – Traced back to a mutation from farm cats in 1966.
Easily trainable, intelligent, active, cats with a friendly disposition to children, they are described as quiet and reserved, but very loving cats.
The American Wirehair is generally healthy, but because he can be crossed with the American Shorthair, he may develop some of the problems that affect that breed, including hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
Here is a helpful guide for the different characteristics of the breed. On a Scale of 1-5. 1 being very low level to 5 being high level.