The American Wirehair originated in upstate New York, and although well known, they are ranked as the rarest of the 41 breeds in the Cat Fancier’s Association. The first Wirehair was a random mutation in a littler of six produced by two barn cats. Mrs. William O’Shea bought the kitten with one of its littermates and started a breeding program. The breed thrived and was accepted into championship status in 1978.
Their unique coat is genetically dominant over a normal coat. Their fur is dense, coarse and springy, and even their whiskers can be curled. What is particularly unusual is that this coat has not appeared among other cats, and all wirehairs can trace their ancestry back to that first wirehair named Adam. They are built similarly to American Shorthairs, but with a wiry coat. They come in a variety of colors, and are intelligent, affectionate and inquisitive cats. They are also said to be resistant to disease.