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American Wirehair


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  •   American Wirehair 

General information

  • The American Wirehair developed from the American Shorthair when a wirehaired kitten was produced in 1966.
  • The Wirehair and the Shorthair originally shared the same Breed Standard, until, in 1967, a separate Standard was written for the Wirehair.
  • Although the Wirehair has achieved breed recognition in the US, and its numbers are increasing throughout North America, the breed remains little known and unrecognized in many countries in the world.
  • Sweet-tempered, intelligent, affectionate and adaptable, the American Wirehair makes a good pet.
  • The unusual wire texture of the hair is the result of a mutation affecting the guard hairs (top coat hair), causing them to crimp along the shaft.
  • Needs little grooming.

Biological data

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Further Reading


Refereed papers

Other sources of information


  • Visit the Cat Fanciers' Association website to search for details of CFA Affiliated cat clubs


  • Visit the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy website to search for details of GCCF Affiliated cat clubs -

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