As a story goes, the first American Wirehair was born in a barn on the Council Rock Farm (Verona, NY) in 1966. The farm owner, Nathan Mosher, was visited by a breeder, Joan O'Shea, who bought the unique cat and started cultivating the breed. In 1968, a year after the American Wirehair was registered in CFA as a separate breed making it the third all American breed.
By personality, the American Wirehair is a playful, affectionate and human-oriented cat. They like to spend time with their owners following them around and getting comfortable somewhere nearby.
American Wirehair cats have big round eyes with a bit slanted upward outer corners. Ther size varies from medium to large, their body is well-built and round.
The distinctive feature of the American Wirehair is a naturally mutated gene of wired hair. Remarkably, even if two wirehaired cats are paired, not all the kittens would have a wired coat. The coat is elastic, might be a bit curly and dense though often soft to touch. Whiskers repeat the form of curly and crumpled hair.
American Wirehair cats are considered to be easy to care and the healthiest breed. However, these cats have important grooming aspects. Their ears should be cleaned regularly due to curly hair in the ears. Additionally, their hair should not be brushed while wet.