The American Wirehair breed originated from a natural mutation on a farm in New York in the 1960s. Two cats were brought together and had 6 kittens whose physical appearance was different from their parents. Unfortunately, due to a weasel attack, only two kittens, a male and a female, survived. Joan O’Shea developed an interest in the cat’s unusual coat and decided to develop it. The Council Rock Farms Adams of Hi-Fi became the originating American Wirehair male cat.
Wirehair breeders soon opened an outcross into a hybrid breed programme. To achieve the same quality of wiring, both parents must have a hard coat. At that time, the American Wirehair cat was closest in type with the American Shorthair, so it was the breed that was used to develop the American Wirehair. The programme was a success and it became the only outcross that was completed since then.
With the hard work of devoted and determined breeders, the American Wirehair was recognised by the CFA and was allowed to register in a Championship show in the mid-seventies.