The first American wirehair cat appeared in 1966, among a litter of six
kittens born to two ordinary barn cats on a small farm in Verona, New
York. Out of them, this single red and white male had odd wiry fur. The
owner of the cats called a local breeder of Rex Cats, Mrs. William
O'Shea, to see if there is some deformity in the kitten. Then, Mrs.
William O'Shea bought that kitten along with one of its normal coated
female littermates for $50, to start a breeding program.
She named the wirehaired male as Council Rock Farm Adam of Hi-Fi and the
female as Tip-Toe of Hi-Fi. The breeding between the two produced
wirehaired kittens. Many of these were sold off to other breeders. With
the growing population, they were exported to Canada and Germany. In
1967, the CFA accepted the American Wirehairs for registration, and in
1978, granted championship status.
American Wirehairs are generally found in medium & large size. They
are strong and well muscled; they have strong legs with firm full paws.
The shape of their head is round with prominent cheekbones. These cats
have a well-developed muzzle and chin. Their ears are medium in size,
slightly rounded and set well apart. The tail of American Wirehairs is
of medium length. They are said to be adaptable cats, resistant to
Its special coat separates the American Wirehair from all other breeds.
Each hair is crimped, hooked or bent, including the whiskers and the
hair within the ears; it gives this breed a unique coat that's short,
springy, resilient, coarse, and very dense. However, significant
variation exists in the texture and length of the individual coats.
Apart from the wiry coat, they are strong, muscular cats, built
similarly to American Shorthairs. They come in a variety of colors.
American Wirehairs are very sweet & loving by nature. They crave
human attention and affection. They are active without being hyper.
American Wirehairs are affectionate and demands the same from their
owners. Wirehairs generally dislike being held and cannot be considered
as "lap cats". They love their freedom. These cats are very
loyal towards their owner and love playing even with small children
because of their calm temperament.
The friendly & affectionate nature of American Wirehair made it the
most famous domestic cat in New York. Although today this breed is well
known, it is ranked among the rarest of the 41 CFA breeds. In short,
they can be described as intelligent, affectionate, calm, reserved,
loyal, playful, and inquisitive cats. There is no inherited genetic
defect found in American Wirehairs.