The American Wirehair is a medium to large size cat, with a broad, fit frame. Their legs are powerful, ending in noticeably large paws. As their name would suggest, their coat is wiry in texture. However, unlike other breeds with rough fur, the American Wirehair coat can grow out and become dense. While they are descendents of the American Shorthair, the Wirehair was bred to have slightly different features, like more pronounced cheekbones, and rounder, wider set eyes.