The American Wirehair is a fairly new breed with an unusual, wiry coat. They originated with a spontaneous mutation in one of a litter of American Shorthairs in upstate New York in 1966. The wire-coated kitten was kept and crossed with an American Shorthair, the resulting litter of which produced wiry coats in half the kittens.
The American Wirehair is of medium to large size with a muscular build like that of the American Shorthair. The coat consists of varying textures, with the medium-long hair being crimped, bent, or hooked, and very coarse to the touch. The American Wirehairs can come in a wide variety of colors or patterns, but the end result is the same - one beautiful cat. Their coats are extremely easy to care for, and grooming carefully (to keep from breaking the hairs) once per week is adequate. The American Wirehair are healthy cats who resist disease very well, living from 15 to 20 years of age.
The American Wirehair is very affectionate, playful, and people-orientated, and even likes being held by strangers. They do need some exercise to keep them from becoming overweight. They are generally quiet-tempered and adapt well to children and dogs, but can entertain themselves just fine if left alone, making them a perfect choice for families with busy schedules or outside activities who want an “out-of-the-ordinary” cat.