American Wirehair

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Life expectancy

The American Wirehair has a life expectancy of between 14 and 18 years


Adult size

Female Between 12 and 14 in
Male Between 12 and 14 in

Adult weight

Female Between 7 and 11 lb
Male Between 9 and 15 lb
Coat colour
Black Brown White Red Cream Blue
Type of coat
Eye colour

Purchase price

The American Wirehair costs between £760 and £910

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More details about the American Wirehair

American Wirehair: Origins and history

The first listed American Wirehair was born in the United States, New York, in 1966. Both parents were American Shorthairs and their red kitten, with almost spiky curly fur, was quite different to the rest of the litter. A farmer, Joan O'Shea, adopted this little redhead, named Adam, and researched his strange mutation. After concluding that the gene was dominant and totally different from Rex genetics, she began the painstaking work of setting up a breeding program. Since American Wirehairs are American Shorthairs with different hair, they were widely used to avoid too much incest. These two breeds can only be distinguished by the texture of their coat.

American Wirehair: Purchase price

American Wirehairs cost between £760 and £910. However, their price go even higher as they’re extremely rare in Europe. It costs approximately £35 per month to look after an American Wirehair in order to keep them in good health.

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