American Wirehair

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The American Wirehair was a spontaneous mutation that changed the normal straight coat of the American Shorthair to a coat that is not only springy, dense and resilient, but also coarse and hard to the touch. Guard hairs are bent at the en, forming a hookDescription:The present standard of the American wirehair varies little from the American Shorthair standard, with the exception of the description of the coat. There is, however, a movement among some United States breeders to breed the cat slightly smaller than the American Shorthair. These cats require very little grooming, just brushing once a week to remove loose hairs. If it should be necessary to bath them, possibly before a show, this should be carried out several days in advance. Once the cat?s coat has dried completely, its springy character will return naturally.

History: 

Although cats with wiry coats were reported in Britain and elsewhere following Word War 11, no breed was established. A litter with wirehaired kittens was born in 1967 to a pair of farm cats in upstate New York. Breeders took over the careful planning of a breeding program by first breeding the male form this litter (a red and white kitten who had a wire haired coat and was named Adam) to his littermate, whose coat was straight. After two generations, a ?true? Wirehair kitten was born in 1969. All American Wirehairs trace their ancestry to Adam. To improve type and vigor, breeders used American Shorthairs in their breeding programs.

Temperament: 

Characteristics of the American Wirehair are activeness, agility and a keen interest in its surroundings. Owners describe their cats as muscular and independent. They rule the roost, taking no nonsense from other cats.

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Southern Alberta Cat Fanciers - Rene Copeland