The cymric is a beefy and solidly built cat with a body type similar to that of the British shorthair; He has big eyes and ears wide apart.
The lack of tail is the most characteristic feature of the breed. Its hind legs are longer than the front legs. The cymric cat’s hair is thick and acts as a layer of padding on the body structure, which gives it a rounded appearance.
Sometimes, cymric cats can jump like rabbits due to a spinal deformity, similar to spina bifida, associated with a lack of tail.
In this breed sheet of ‘ Love Cats and Dogs ‘, we will find out everything about the cymric cat.
The cymric is a semi-long hair version of the manx cat. Despite its name, which derives from the word “Cymru” (Wales, in Celtic), it is native to the Isle of Man.
Tailless cats are common on the Isle of Man, where reproduction among the island’s cats it allowed the mutation of the gene that eliminates the tail, which had occurred naturally, to spread.
The Cymric cat was born in Canada in the 1960s, when the American breeder Leslie Falteisek and the Canadian Blair Wright decided to separate and associate the few Manx cats born with long hairs. After a rigorous selection, the Cymric breed was born in Canada, a name of Celtic origin which means “Wales”, in honor of the Isle of Man where their ancestors come from.
The breed is officially recognized only in North America, while in Great Britain it is not yet registered as such, but belongs to the group of manx cats.
As in the case of manx, litters of cymric kittens can have squat tails of different lengths (classified as rumpy-riser -it has 3 coccygeal vertebrae-, stumpy -some moving vertebrae- and long without reaching normal size-) or lack tail completely (rumpy). Reproduction programs in Canada in the 1960s gave cymric popularity in the US. Where only animals that have a tail completely are exhibited.
Country of origin
Isle of Man (United Kingdom) / Canada
Characteristics of the cymric cat
Cymric cats have a rounded structure, which is very remarkable in them.
The Cymric’s head is round, with prominent cheeks. It is of medium size with an inclination of the forehead towards the nose, developed muzzle; defined chin, well defined whiskers.
The ears of the Cymric cat are medium in size, broad at the base and narrow at the tip.
This breed of cat has medium to large eyes, placed slightly at an angle to the nose, its color depends on the coat it has. He can wear eyes in shades of dark blue, shiny copper or one of each color.
According to the tail, there are 3 varieties of Cymric cat: the Rumpy which has no tail and which has only one hole at its base; the Stumpy which has only a few vertebrae; and the Longy, with a slightly shorter tail than in the rest of the races. Only the Rumpy variety is exhibited in competitions
Regarding its coat, the double layer is medium in size, soft, silky, shiny, dense and well placed. From the shoulders to the quarters, the fur under the abdomen and the neck is longer than the rest of the body. On the cheekbones, the coat is thick and full; the fur of the neck extends from the shoulders around the chest. It has banners on its legs and ears.
Among the colors of the breed are those that indicate that it is not a hybrid in the colors chocolate, lavender, Himalayan pattern or combinations with white.
Behavior and temperament of the cymric cat
The Cymric cat is an intelligent, friendly, playful and sociable cat, because it gets along well with other pets and even visitors. He is very loyal to his humans and enjoys spending time with them. He can easily learn various tricks. This cat is not aggressive and therefore has a good time with the children.
The Cymric is a powerful jumper, so it will reach the highest shelves. Because of his past living on an island surrounded by water, he is fascinated by water until you put it there.
His curiosity is very great, because the cymric cat can even endanger his physical integrity because of this. He is also very serene, which makes him a perfect company.
Another peculiarity is that it communicates with silent and confidential meows because it vocalizes less than the other breeds.
The cymric is a very calm, playful and intelligent cat. It can be somewhat shy and reserved with strangers, and tends to create a closer bond with a specific individual. It is a breed that seems to preserve its childish behavior until well into adulthood.
Although it is one of the long-lived breeds that exists, the phenotype that causes its tiny tail gives rise to various diseases, typical of this breed, which require them to mate with breeds with long tail. Never between them, because it’s deadly for kittens.
The most common pathology in cymric cats is congenital and neurological. We refer to spina bifica which incurs incontinence following the involvement of the sacral and caudal nerves.
Another recurring condition is the so-called “Manx syndrome”, also congenital, which manifests various symptoms, ranging from disorders of the urinary system to digestive or intestinal disorders. 20% of cymric cats and manx have had it for 4 months.
Coccyx arthritis due to its partial tail, corneal dystrophy, skin diseases and infections of the eyes or ears complete the list of the most common pathologies in this breed, not to mention obesity, common in cats of interior.
As the lack of tail is a problem similar to spina bifida, reproduction can cause malformations or the death of kittens if they cross the wrong cats.
If you are thinking of letting your cymric cat reproduce, ask your veterinarian for advice to avoid unnecessary suffering and malformations to kittens.
The hairs of the cymric cat are long and thick and require daily care to prevent them from thickening and proliferating. You must brush it daily or at least 3 times a week using a long metal spike comb.
Needless to say, you should intensify brushing during the moulting seasons, spring and fall. Bathe it once a month to keep the quilted appearance of its cape. Cut her nails once a week and disinfect her mouth and ears, also weekly.
To clean his ears, you can use a mixture of 50% apple cider vinegar and lukewarm water in which you need to moisten a cloth or cotton. Because of his voracious appetite, you must take care of the daily ration to contain obesity, providing it with the proteins and fats it needs.
A good way to keep our cymric cat healthy and strong is to prepare its own diet. In other words, feed our cat with fresh products instead of pre-prepared foods. This way of feeding a cat is known as BARF Diet for Cats.