American Wirehair
American Wirehair Cat Breed
Size
Medium to large, with males weighing 12 to 15 pounds and females weighing 8 to 12 pounds
Coat
Medium
Color
Average, considered moderately talkative and an enthusiastic purrer

Distinguished from other breeds by its wiry, dense coat that is described as feeling like steel wool, the American Wirehair is considered a national treasure. This intelligent and highly adaptable breed is playful and keenly interested in her surroundings. Easy to care for, the American Wirehair has a relaxed, loving, sweet personality, making her an ideal companion for families with children 6 and older and having other pets.

Did you know?

The American Wirehair was discovered in 1966 from a mating of two ordinary barn cats in upstate New York. A spontaneous, incomplete dominant gene mutation occurred in a red-and-white male kitten, named Council Rock Farm Adam of Hi-Fi, which resulted in the wiry coat for which the breed is known.

True Nature of Cats

Interested in learning about your cat's true nature? We studied one of their living ancestors, the African Wild Cat, and turned those insights into an interactive journal.