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American Wirehair Cats

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The American Wirehair breed was developed from a farm cat named Adam discovered in 1966 in upstate New York. This male of nonpedigreed parents (some authorities claim the parents were American Shorthairs) was the only one of six kittens with dense, wiry fur. When Adam was mated with one of his littermates, Tip-Toe, he passed along the mutated gene for coat texture, and subsequent litters produced more of these wonderful wirehaired kittens. The Wirehair is similar to the American Shorthair in disposition. This is a quiet, sweet-natured, easygoing cat that gets along well with children and other pets.

The American Wirehair is a muscular cat with a distinctive wiry coat; even its whiskers curl. The ideal cat is medium to large and well-muscled, with a dense, coarse coat that has a curly appearance. Wirehairs have round heads with large, widely spaced eyes and medium-size ears that are rounded at the tips.

Weight: 8-11 lbs.



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