American Wirehair Cat Behavior/Personality/feeding
American Wirehair originated as a spontaneous mutation in the domestic
cat population in 1966. The first American wirehairs were born to
ordinary barn cat parents on small farm in Verona, New York. Breeders
petitioned the Cat Fanciers' Association (CFA) for getting the breed
recognized. In 1967 the CFA accepted the American wirehairs for
registration and in 1978 granted championship status.
As with any breed, temperament depends upon upbringing
and bloodline, and the American shorthair crosses has had an effect
on the wirehair personality, too. However, in general, fanciers say
that a sweet, loving personality comes with the kinky coat. Wirehairs
are playful without being hyper, and affectionate without being clingy.
They want to be involved in every aspect of your life, and will follow
you from room to room to make sure your activities meet with their
Wirehairs are also known for their playful natures and clown-like
antics. They love to be the center of attention and amuse their humans
with daring attacks upon catnip mice and daring leaps to the tops
of cat trees.
American Wirehairs are medium to large in size, strong
and well muscled with strong legs and firm full paws. The head is
round with prominent cheekbones and a well-developed muzzle and chin.
The ears are medium size and slightly rounded, and the eyes are large,
round, and set well apart. The medium length tail tapers to a rounded
The coat is the characteristic that separates the American Wirehair
from all other breeds. Each hair is crimped, hooked or bent, including
the whiskers and the hair within the ears, giving this breed a unique
coat that's short, springy, resilient, coarse, and very dense. Significant
variation exists in the texture and length of the individual coats.
Apart from its unique coat, the American Wirehair is
similar to the American Shorthair in most other aspects. It is a medium
to large cat and weighs from 8 to 15 pounds. It has a muscular body.
The head is medium-sized, broad, and round. The eyes are large, round,
and wide-set. It is highly desirable for it to have curly whiskers.
The males are larger than the females and have defined jowls. This
breed's approximate lifespan is 15 years.
The American Wirehair enjoys being indoors, but also enjoys going
outside. It should be allowed to go outside, at least into a yard,
but will not become distraught if it is not allowed to run free all
of the time. American Wirehairs require minimal grooming. They should
be brushed and combed once a week. Their wiry coat can be damaged
easily, so care should be taken to not damage it.