American Wirehair


American Wirehair

To Shorthair breeds


The medium to large sized cat is strong and muscular, not too compact but lithe.
The rib cage is round and well developed.
Strong, solid legs of medium length taper evenly to firm round paws.
The tail is of medium length with a broad base and tapers slightly into a rounded tip.


The broad head gives a rounded impression, but it is slightly longer than broad.
The nose is of medium length and broad. The profile is clearly curved, with a modified stop.
The muzzle is massive, angular and clearly defined. Neck muscular and solid.


The ears are medium sized with slightly rounded tips, which may have tufts.
The distance between the ears is not very broad. They are set almost upright.


The rounded eyes are open, set wide apart and at a slight slant.
The eye colour shall be even and corresponds with the coat colour.
In silver colours only green is permitted, in brown tabbies only golden.


The coat is short, each individual hair is crimped, hooked or bent resulting in a wired coat
and the coat standing away from the body. The coat is elastic, coarse and very dense.
The general impression of wiring is more important than the crimping of each individual hair.

Colour varieties 

The colours chocolate and cinnamon, as well as their dilution (lilac and fawn) are not recognized
in any combinations (bicolour, tricolour, tabby). The pointed pattern is also not recognized.
All other colours and patterns are recognized. Any amount of white is permitted. The description
of colours is listed in the general list of colours.

Scale of points

Body 25 points
Head 20 points
Eyes 10 points
Coat texture and colour 40 points
Condition 5 points