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An easy-going breed, the American Wirehair is a good companion for single people and loves to play, even when left alone.

     American Wirehair At a glance

Weight range:

Male: large: >12 lbs.
Female: medium: 8-12 lbs.

Eye color:

Blue, Green, Gold, Odd-eyed


Longevity Range: 7-12 yrs.
Social/Attention Needs: Moderate
Tendency to Shed: Moderate


Length: Short, Medium
Characteristics: Crimped
Colors: White, Blue, Cream, Red, Platinum, Fawn, Chestnut, Chinchilla, Seal, Silver, Golden, Brown, Cameo, Bluecream, Tortoiseshell
Pattern: Tortoiseshell, Solid Color, Bicolor, Tricolor/Calico, Tabby, Smoke
Less Allergenic: No
Overall Grooming Needs: Moderate

Club recognition:

Cat Association Recognition:
Prevalence: Rare

The American Wirehair Cat Breed

The American Wirehair looks like its ancestors, which were cats meant to keep rodents out of the barn or house.

The American Wirehair is a medium-sized cat, but it is a very powerful one. The cat is heavily muscled and has heavy boning. Its rounded, thick appearance makes you realize that he will be heavy when you pick him up.

The Wirehair is a powerful cat. He has a broad chest, a muscular neck, strong jaws and a well-developed muzzle. His legs are thick and strong. All components of this cat should be well developed. The cat looks like his ancestors, which were cats meant to keep rodents out of the barn and the house.

The coat of the Wirehair is similar to that of the American Shorthair, except for the crimped texture. It is thick and dense. It becomes much longer and thicker during the winter. The texture of the coat is relatively hard, as it is meant as protection for the cat and the crimping makes it feel even harder.


The American Wirehair is a very pleasant cat to have as a companion. He is easy going and placid. The Wirehair is a loving cat and will attach himself to every member of his family.

While the Wirehair loves to play, he actually doesn't need hourly attention. If the cat is in the mood to play, he'll bring a toy to his guardian. The Wirehair also plays well by himself, and he is a good companion for single people.

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The American Wirehair is a thick, muscular cat and its nutrition must be carefully controlled. Despite the heavy boning and musculature of the cat, you want to make certain the cat keeps a proper weight and does not get out of condition.

The Wirehair will play when he wants to and will find a toy or create one out of anything he finds. Interactive play may be necessary to keep the cat in good shape and make certain that he gets adequate exercise. A daily brushing can easily be incorporated into playtime with the Wirehair. Unlike curly-coated cats, the Wirehair's coat has three layers of fur so brushing the cat is not a problem. You do not have to be careful about breaking hairs on the coat.

The Wirehair tolerates being left alone. He is an affectionate cat but also spends time just sleeping in the sun. The Wirehair is an easy cat to care for and makes a wonderful, quiet companion.


In 1966, a kitten was found in a litter that had wiry looking fur, similar to that of a Wirehaired Terrier. The cats that produced this kitten may have been American Shorthairs, or they may have been farm cats that strongly resembled Americans.

This kitten was sold to a breeder who decided to try to replicate this spontaneous coat mutation. The kittens resulting from these matings were taken by other breeders and a carefully planned breeding program was started, dedicated to producing the American Wirehair breed.

The American Wirehair is becoming increasingly popular in the United States. This breed has a show standard, which is almost identical to that of the American Shorthair. However, every individual hair in the coat is crimped and curly. This texture creates a unique, wiry feeling to the coat.