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American Wirehair

Origin: U.S.A.

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Springy, dense, resilient coat that is coarse and hard to the touch.
All colors.
Special considerations: 
Medium to large well-proportioned cat with large, round eyes and tapered tail.

The American Wirehair breed was created from a spontaneous genetic mutation among the domestic cats of the United States. In 1966, a male kitten was born in a litter of farm cats in Verona, New York, with a coat unlike the rest of his littermates. The guard hairs on the kitten's coat were unique; instead of smooth and tapering like most cats, the guard hairs were crimped along the shaft and hooked at the end. Mrs. John O'Shea bought the kitten, named Council Rock Farm Adam of Hi-Fi, and his female littermate, Tip-Toe, who eventually produced four kittens, two of whom had the same "wirehair" coat of their father. Through a series of selective breedings, including crossings with American Shorthairs, the American Wirehair became established as a breed and was recognized by the Cat Fanciers' Association (CFA) in 1967. The coat, which was quite sparse in the early representatives of the breed, has been developed into a thick, coarse, resilient coat not unlike sheep's wool.

The American Wirehair is a sweet-tempered, gentle breed. They are intelligent and curious and playful without being high-strung. American Wirehairs like to be the center of attention and enjoy playing with all types of toys. They make loving, affectionate and loyal companions.
At home: 
The American Wirehair adapts well to just about any living situation. These active, agile cats are interested in their surroundings and love to be involved in whatever the family happens to be doing. Although they can be quiet and reserved at times, they do have a zanier, more playful side, which often involves racing around the house. They tend not to like being held but instead prefer to be perched nearby on a comfy chair to keep an eye on their loved ones. However, they will crawl into their owner's laps when the mood strikes, especially if they sense that they might need some cheering up.
Some American Wirehairs experience food allergies, so they require a high-quality food. Because of the rougher nature of their hair, a hairball preventive is also recommended.
American Wirehairs are usually friendly and get along well with all types of people, as well as children. They also enjoy the company of other pets.
The average life span of the breed is 12 to 15 years. Although most American Wirehairs enjoy robust good health, some do suffer from allergies.
Fun fact: 

The whiskers of the American Wirehair are often crimped and curly.

Grooming blurb: 
The American Wirehair's skin can be sensitive and needs regular gentle bathing to get rid of excess oils. Their ears must be checked for earwax buildup.
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