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American Wirehair

American Wirehairs have made a name for themselves as popular family pets thanks to their relaxed, happy nature.

About the American Wirehair

American Wirehairs are known to be very tolerant of children. They are calm, but can also be playful even into old age. In general, they are intelligent cats and quite interested in everything around them.

Many American Wirehairs retain their hunting instinct with any insects that should venture into the house. They enjoy the company of their people, but retain their independence. Many are lap cats, while some prefer just to be nearby.

Source: key facts and characteristics sourced from World Cat Congress (WCC)

Breed specifics

United States
Short coat
Size category
Avg life expectancy
15–16 years

Calm / Sociable / Quiet / Affectionate / Playful / Intelligent / Independent

Key facts

  • Needs moderate grooming
  • Best suited to indoor life
  • Patient with children and other animals

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