I think that cat is probably related somehow. The story goes: A barncat in New England had a litter with a spontaneously wired kitten in the 60's. The family contacted a cat breeder in their town and she bought the wired male and another female out of that litter for $50. That was the first breeding pair and all wirehairs have descended from them. They are fairly rare, and only about 40% of each litter produces a kitten with good "wire." Ziggy has excellent wire (his pedigreed name is "Happy 2B Nappy") but he has a kink tail, so is rendered useless for show or breeding (lucky us!!!!)
Both of Ziggy's parents are grand champions. His mother was spayed after Ziggy's birth as 2 litters, with 2 c-sections only produced 3 live kittens (2 of which were wired) and 2 stillborns. She is now living a life of leisure in New Mexico. The dad is still at my neighbor's and is a lovely boy.
I'm a "rescued pet lover" at heart, but these little wirehairs have stolen my heart completely. Here's a photo of Ziggy and Sheba (brother and sister/smooth v wired) wrestling:
And one of Ziggy with his fur mouse. Check out those huge feet (a familial trait):