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So You Want an American Wirehair

Do you want a cat that has a distinctive and unusual looking appearance? If so, you may want to consider the American Wirehair. This breed has hair that looks like colored steel wool, although it doesn’t feel quite so coarse to the touch.

The American Wirehair started with a litter of kittens born in a farmer’s barn. When he noticed one of the kittens had an unusual coat, he consulted a cat fancier, who decided to try to breed cats with the wirehair trait. Unfortunately, this trait was not truly dominant, so there was quite a lot of inbreeding, and any cat who showed even the slightest tendency to be a wirehair was used for breeding. Concern that the breed would become susceptible to hereditary diseases and weaknesses led the people working with the American Wirehair to cross it with the American Shorthair, one of the other cat breeds to be developed in America.

Eventually, the American Wirehair breed developed a body type that was very similar to the American Shorthair, although the Wirehair has a slightly more rounded head and higher cheekbones. Despite the coat inconsistencies that still plague this breed, the American Wirehair is still a part of the Cat Fancier’s Association Championship Class. However, only shorthair Wirehairs with thick coats are used in the show ring. Longhair coats are considered to be a disqualification because Wirehairs with long coats look as though they are suffering from an extremely bad hair day, while Wirehairs with thin coats are not shown because they are prone to shedding their hair if they are stressed.

The American Wirehair is one of the few breeds that is required to have one eye color. Unless your Wirehair is silver, he should have deep gold eyes. This breed’s standard calls for large cats, but many Wirehairs are currently on the small side. Ideally, your Wirehair should be close to fifteen pounds, but these cats can weigh in at anywhere from eight to fifteen pounds.

While the American Wirehair is not a vocal cat, he can be a bit overbearing and demanding at times. However, overall, this breed is very sweet and affectionate. The friendly, sociable nature of the Wirehair makes it a good choice for families. These cats are playful, so be sure you have plenty of toys to entertain your pet.

While the American Wirehair is a fairly healthy breed, it does have a few quirks. Most of these cats have a greasy coat, which means they tend to need bathing more frequently than other cat breeds. Luckily, most Wirehairs enjoy being bathed. Also, these cats also frequently need to have their ears cleaned.

While you do need to groom your Wirehair to keep his coat healthy, you should do so carefully to avoid breaking off the fragile hairs. After all, Wirehair cats have hairs that are weaker and thinner than traditional cat hair.

If you want a cat with a very unique look, then an American Wirehair may be the perfect breed for you.

Comparing Cat Breeds

Comparing Cat Breeds

By Kim Babcock

There are two basic American breeds of cat. The shorthair and the wirehair. I would like to compare the two, and list their subtle differences. Remember, this is only a comparison between the two most common American breeds.

Originally known as the Domestic Shorthair, the breed was renamed “American Shorthair” in 1966 to better represent its “All American” character and to differentiate it from any other shorthaired breed. The name “American Shorthair” also reinforces the idea that our native North American shorthaired cat is distinctly different from what may be found in streets, neighborhoods and barnyards.

Ideal American Shorthairs exude symmetry, with the breed standard calling for them to be slightly longer than tall. Females tend to be smaller than males. The American Shorthair’s face should be full-cheeked with an open expression. Eyes are medium to large in size and mostly round with an almond-like curve at the top. The breed’s coat comes in a variety of colors and designs; however, the silver classic tabby is perhaps the best known.

The American Wirehair breed is uniquely American. It began as a spontaneous mutation in a litter of upstate New York farm cats in 1966. A spontaneous mutation is an uncommon, although not rare, happening. The American Wirehair sports an exceptional coat, as each hair is bent or hooked, producing a dense, springy coat, with whiskers of the same texture. This breed was developed from the American Shorthair, so apart from the coat, the two display many similarities.

There seems to be some debate as far as ear shaping between the experts. Some believe it is the wirehair that sports the short, curved ears; while others believe this is a trait of the shorthair. Pictures of both breeds found on sites all over the world wide web show either breed displaying both traits..

Whatever the case, I find both to be beautiful breeds.

My cat, Thomas, seems to be a combination of the two breeds. He sports the long, pointed ears (that are still under debate), a luxuriously soft short coat, and silverish blue and white markings. His eyes are the almond shaped, goldish-green, all-seeing, mysterious eyes of the typical cat. Thomas is also the typical cat in that he displays the aloof independence found in all breeds.

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