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American Wirehair

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American Wirehair
origin:USA
weight:3 to 7 kg
size: Mediumfur type: short
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History [ edit ]

The American Wirehair is a breed of domestic cat that originated in New York as a result of a natural genetic mutation that ocurred in a cat born to a litter of two farm random-bred cats in 1966. This mutation, caused by a dominant gene, makes every hair crimped and springy, including the whiskers. The cat with the mutation, which was called Adam, was bred to its sister, a normal female, producing more wirehaired kittens. At some time during the breeding programme breeders thought it advisable to outcross the wirehaired cats to avoid congenital deseases as much as possible. The breed closer in type to the wirehaired was the American Shorthair which occasionally (not every generation) is crossed with the American Wirehair to keep this breed healthy and hardy. However and contrary to what happens with the American Curl cat, which mutation was caused by an autosomal dominant gene (only one copy of the gene is necessary for the trait to be expressed) the mutation in the American Wirehair was caused by an incomplete dominant gene (a recessive gene appears within the phenotype of the organism, causing a blend in between both the dominant and recessive gene). This means that even when breeding wire-to-wire, approximately only half of a litter are wirehaired kittens. So far, this mutation has not been reported anywhere outside the USA and all wirehairs can trace their ancestry back to Adam.
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