American Wirehair


The coat is the characteristic that separates the American Wirehair from all other breeds. Breeders find them easy to care for, resistant to disease, and good producers. Pricing on American Wirehairs usually depends on type, applicable markings and bloodlines distinguished by Grand Champion (GC), National or Regional Winning (NW or RW), or Distinguished Merit (DM) parentage.


Medium-size body is supported by muscular legs and rounded paws with heavy pads.

Grooming and Physical Needs

Size: A medium-size body supported by muscular legs and rounded paws with heavy pads.

  • Grooming Needs: The American Wirehair’s unusual coat needs little care. Brushing or combing can damage it, so that type of grooming isn’t necessary except in the spring, when the cat is shedding his winter coat.
  • Coat Type: Crimped, tight hair of the medium-length coat has a hard but pleasing texture.
  • Moulting: Moderate shedding, slightly heavy in spring.
  • Exercise Needs: Athletic cat with a moderate activity level. They enjoy a good playtime as much as the next cat, but are not overly demanding of attention or activity.
  • Average Life Span: 14-18 years
  • Healthcare: American Wirehairs are generally healthy.


  • Family: The easygoing but playful American Wirehair is a perfect choice for families with children and cat-friendly dogs.
  • Temperament: Adaptable, good-natured, affectionate and playful.
  • Trainability: He can learn tricks and loves the attention he receives from children who treat him politely and with respect.
  • Sociability (Other Pets): Gets along fine with dogs if not pestered by them.
  • Meowing: Relatively quiet type of cat.


Check the ears weekly. If they look dirty, wipe them out. Good indoor cat.

Information courtesy of the Cat Fancier’s Association