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American Wirehair

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Breed Information
Popularity (2014) #41
Name American Wirehair
Other names None
Origin United States
Size Medium to Large
Coat MediumCurlyDenseHardResilient
Lap Cat Yes
Life span 14-18 years
Temperament AffectionateCuriousGentleIntelligentInteractiveLivelyLoyalPlayfulSensibleSocial
Weight Male: 12 - 15 poundsFemale: 8 - 12 pounds
Colors BlackBlueCreamFawnSilverTabby and White
Kitten Price Average $800 - $1200 USD
Breed Characteristics
Adaptability 5 stars
Affection Level 5 stars
Child Friendly 4 starsGood With Others: It is usually good with adults, children (6+), and seniors and can be very affectionate towards them.
Dog Friendly 5 stars
Energy Level 3 stars
Grooming 1 starsLow Maintenance: Occasional grooming is advised to keep its coat in good shape. Though we see cats regularly lick their coats to clean themselves, some regular grooming can be good; it removes hair, prevents matting, and stimulates circulation.
Health Issues 1 starsGenerally Healthy: It doesn't have as many known illnesses and conditions as other cats. Best for owners who do not want to worry about long-term medical costs.Hypoallergenic: No
Intelligence 4 stars
Shedding 3 starsModerate Shedding: Expect this cat to shed moderately. By providing it proper nutrition, regular grooming, and keeping the shedding contained to a small area, like a pet bed, will minimize shedding and make it more manageable.
Social Needs 3 stars
Stranger Friendly 3 stars
Vocalization 3 starsModerate Vocalization: Its vocal behavior can be tolerable. Eliminating stimuli that cause the vocalization or modifying the cat's behavior, such as keeping it occupied and content, can reduce vocalization.
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Kitten Names
Rank Male Female
01 Chloe Mittens
02 Gizmo Pepsi
03 Diesel Boo
04 Copper Smokey
05 Aaron Lexi
06 Chunk Waffles
07 Simba Sasha
08 Lucky Lily
09 Argyle Chloe
10 Tommy Candy

The Wirehair is a medium-to-large cat. Its body is slightly longer than it is tall and is well-muscled and powerful, showing good depth of chest. As in most breeds, the females are usually smaller than the males, but they do not appear frail or dainty and should not be penalized because of any actual or perceived size difference. The American Wirehair's head is broad, with a prominent chin and well-developed cheekbones set on a well-muscled neck. In profile, their nose shows a gentle indentation. Their ears are medium in size, widely set and slightly rounded at the tips. Their eyes are large, round and piercing. The Wirehair’s feet are rounded, compact and tight. The tail is in proportion to the body, tapering gently from rump to end and being neither blunt nor pointed.

The American Wirehair is characteristically a people-oriented cat, with a strong, affectionate personality and a keen interest in its surroundings. The Wirehair is always looking for a way to amuse himself, and his owner. They have been described as quiet, reserved and loving, although to their owners these cats are personable and active.

Children & Other Pets
The easygoing but playful American Wirehair is a perfect choice for families with children and cat-friendly dogs. He can learn tricks and loves the attention he receives from children who treat him politely and with respect. He will get along fine with dogs if they don’t give him any trouble. He is a skilled hunter, but may learn to leave pet birds or other small animals alone if he is introduced to them at an early age. When in doubt, however, separation is best. Always introduce any pets, even other cats, slowly and in a controlled setting.
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