One of the oldest cat breeds, the Cymric cat is the longhaired version of the Manx cat. The trademark feature of both the Cymric and the Manx is tailless. Some are born with no tails while others with stubby tails.
As been stated from above, Cymric is the longhaired version of Manx, a tailless cat that originated on the Isle of Man, an island located in the Irish Sea between England and Ireland dates back to 1750. In fact, the breed is actually the result of a genetic mutation that occurs naturally. It’s not known whether the cats that eventually became the ancestors of the Manx and Cymric came to the island from England, Ireland, Wales or some far away country, but cats arrived on the island via ship, where they stayed and procreated.
With a limited feline gene pool on the small island, the genetic mutation was passed on to more and more cats, until the Manx and Cymric breed was well-established.
Cymric entered cat shows after Manx took part in the earliest one in the late 1800s. The breed wasn’t popular as the shorthaired version but later on the longhaired variety became known as the Cymric, which means “having to do with Wales,” where many of the longhaired tailless cats were found.
Various cat registries recognize the breed differently. the Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) considers the breed to be a longhaired variety of the Manx breed and called the breed as Longhair Manx. CFA also follows the Manx breed standard, which specifies both Shorthair Manx and Longhair Manx. The International Cat Association (TICA) and the Canadian Cat Association (CCA) both recognize the breed as an entirely separate breed from the shorthaired. With both TICA and the CCA, they has its own breed standard.
The Cymric is known for its rounded appearance, from its round eyes and rounded rear, to its round head. It also features short front legs and longer hind legs, along with particularly muscular thighs. It’s these long rear legs that make these kitties look a little bit like rabbits.
Even though they are referred as tailless, some of them are not totally without a tail. There are four category of tails for the breed:
- Rumpies. The cat that do not have a tail at all
- Rumpy–riser. The cat has three vertebrae that are fused at the end of their spine.
- Stumpies. The cat has up to five vertebrae that they can actually move around.
- Longies. The cat has tail that is even longer than the five vertebrae stump, but still shorter than the average cat’s tail.
The Cymric has a longer, double coat that is considered medium length and requires higher grooming needs than other breeds. Therefore, a good brushing routine is necessary to keep the coat smooth and healthy, as well as to remove the undercoat that can build up over time. Give extra brushing during shedding seasons.
- Weight: 4 to 6 kg
- Coat length: Long
- Amount of shedding: Medium
- Color: Brown, tortoiseshell, blue cream, silver, cream, red, black, blue, and white.
- Pattern: Shaded, smoke, ticking, tabby, calico, bicolor, tortoiseshell and solid
Cymrics are generally make wonderful family pets, as they are not aggressive and they are quite gentle, making them perfect cats to have around children. They also can be the greatest companion for singles and elderly.
The breed is known for its intelligence and fun-loving personality. They will get along well with other pets, including canines just fine and they are very loyal and talkative with their human family. They can even be easily taught how to do tricks, and are known for playing fetch just like a dog. Despite lacking a tail, this breed is fast, fun, playful, and well balanced. These kitties are great jumpers, too, and they do well in households that give them plenty of attention and playtime.
- Lifespan: 8 to 14 years
- Active: High
- Intelligence: High
- Vocalize: Medium
Cymric cats and Manx share the same health concerns. Both breed may born with spinal defects, typically from spina bifida which can cause:
- Neurological issues,
- Difficulty standing or walking,
- Problems with urinating or defecating.
Such problems are typically noticed as early as six months of age. Depending on the severity of the condition, the kitten may be humanely euthanized.
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