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American Wirehair Cat

Cobby and rounded, with a robust but not excessive build, the American Wirehair is an attractive, intelligent cat. The coat as the name suggests, is their defining feature, with a hard, wire texture to the dense fur. American Wirehairs have large, round eyes, an open and curious expression, a neat, muscular body and full, rounded paws. 

The need-to-know
  • Great for first-time cat owners
  • Enjoys playing games and is active at home
  • Highly active and inquisitive cat
  • Independent but friendly
  • Slightly talkative cat
  • Average build cat breed
  • Requires grooming once a week
  • Needs extensive outdoor space
  • Great family cat
  • Can be left alone all day
  • Great for a relaxed home
Generally healthy breed

The American Wirehair cat breed can be prone to: 
- Progressive retinal atrophy which is an inherited disorder where part of the eye degenerates and wastes away which can result in blindess.

Testing available:
- DNA testing for progressive retinal atrophy  which tests whether or not a cat has the potential to be affected by this condition.

Key Facts

Lifespan: 14 - 18 years
Weight:  3.6 - 5.4kg
Colours:  Coats come in a wide variety of colours and patterns

Ratings

Family-friendly: 4/5
Playfulness: 3/5
Intelligence: 4/5
Likes Other Pets: 3/5
Grooming needs: 5/5
Shedding: 3/5
American Wirehair is looking at someone

Personality

The American Wirehair is a playful and active cat, described as having a cute and somewhat humorous personality, happy to sit on laps or play with owners. A rather gentle and quiet cat, they will enjoy some outdoor access, but are very content as indoor cats if given appropriate exercise and entertainment. .

American Wirehair is looking at something with curiosity

History and Origins

Country of Origin: United States

The American Wirehair originated in upstate New York in 1966 from a naturally-occurring fur mutation that appeared in a kitten from a litter of farm cats. That kitten, (with the impressive name ‘Council Rock Farms Adams of Hi-Fi’ or ‘Adam’ for short) along with another non-wirehaired kitten named Tip-Top were purchased by a breeder of Rex cats, and they founded the breed. Their offspring also had the wire coat, although this varies from kitten to kitten, with some being harsher or curlier than others. American Shorthairs have also been involved in the creation of the American Wirehair and are still a permitted out-cross within the breed. 

They were first recognised by the Cat Fancy Association in 1967 and although popular in America, Canada and Germany, they are still rare in the UK. 

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