The 1st American Wirehair appeared as a mutation in a litter of 6 kittens born to two barn cats in upstate New York. This little red and white male kitten had odd wiry fur. The owners called Mrs.William O’Shea, a local breeder of Rex cats, to come and see him. She ended up buying him and a normal coated female litter mate for $50.00 to start a breeding program. She named the council Rock FarmAdam of HI-FI and Tip-Top of HI-IF. All wirehairs can trace their lineage to Adam. The two produced wirehaired kittens, most of which were sold to other interested breeders. As the population grew, they were exported to Canada and Germany. In 1978 they were accepted for championship competition.
The fur of the wirehair is springy, dense and coarse. The whiskers are often curly. They are strong muscular cats and they come in a variety of colors. They are intelligent, affectionate, loyal, very playful, inquisitive cats, and said to be resistant to disease. They currently are ranked as the most rare of the 41 CFA breeds, with only 22 registered, down from 39 in 2002.
This breed is pretty much wash and wear, just wash with a mild cat shampoo and towel dry. Do not use a dryer or comb. During the shedding season. Use a fine hair pick to keep the dead hair from matting.
By: Linda Eastabrooks
Former AKC Breeder