Cymric | Cat Breed Information & Facts – Pictures

Cymric cat
Cymric cat

The Cymric cat 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.


Cymric cat photos

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Physical characteristics

Cymric is a medium-sized cat weighing 4-6 kg. It is a pet with a stocky and muscular body, with a wide bone. A low belly, straight from the shoulders to the pelvis, a short backline – all this gives the appearance of the cat a rounded shape.


Distinctive features

  • The cat’s head is round with prominent cheekbones. The chin is strong, smoothly turning into a large neck. The bridge of the nose on the bottom of the middle size of the nose looks elegant. Whiskers have rounded contours, at the base of each of them there is a depression.
  • The large, voluminous ears are narrowed and pointed at the tips. There are brushes.
  • The body of the Cymric is rounded. The animal has muscular hips, strong sides and a short back. Massive bones, front legs widely spaced, but much shorter than the hind legs. The legs are rounded.
  • The Cymric coat can be called long or semi-long. Cats have a thick undercoat. To the touch, the coat is soft and smooth, shiny and shimmers in the sun. Color: any. The wool color can be plain or mixed. Stains are unacceptable, as well as the color of chocolate or lilac. Manifestations of Siamese color are considered a marriage of the breed.
  • The tail of the animal is completely absent. If it is residual, it is a vice.
  • Cymrics have large round eyes. They are located at an angle to the nose and are very expressive. Inside corners are higher than outside corners.

Character and behavior

They are kind and playful animals who willingly give their tenderness and love. The Cymric cat is playful, moreover, loves when the owner participates in its entertainment, although this is not absolute. In addition, this cat always has his favorite toys that he likes to take with him. Unusual, isn’t it?

These cats are very touching, they love to “talk” softly, using all the variety of intonations. But it rarely turns into unpleasant capricious cries, most often it is a sincere conversation with family members. The Cymric cat has a flexible mind and is very quick-witted, so close cabinets and doors tightly. However, in some cases, even this will not help, because sometimes these cats can even open the latches.

He can designate a particular person among the family members as his “main” owner. It is this person who will receive all love and affection on an unlimited scale and enjoy the greatest authority. But there are many individuals who give to each family member equally. Here it is impossible to predict how a cat’s personality will develop.

In general, Cymrics are good with children, but only until the child begins to treat the cat like a toy. Other pets are usually not a problem. Cats do not express isolation towards strangers.


Cymric’s health cannot be called excellent – there are a number of problems that your pet can have without your fault. In other words, they are genetic tendencies, including:

  • Corneal dystrophy, most commonly seen in kittens over four months old;
  • Coccyx arthritis, most commonly seen in cats that have a small, partially formed tail
  • A combination of several birth defects, called Mans Syndrome, and includes problems with the gut, digestion and urinary tract. It is seen in about 20% of Cymric cats.

Since many health problems begin to be observed from the age of four months, it is not worth buying younger kittens.


Since lack of a tail is a similar problem to spina bifida, breeding can cause deformities or death in kittens if they cross the wrong cats.

If you are considering letting your Cymric cat breed, seek advice from your veterinarian to avoid unnecessary suffering and deformities in kittens.

Life expectancy

The life expectancy of the Cymric cat is 12 to 15 years.


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 its 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.

Fun facts

  • The texture of the fur is subject to weather and seasonal changes, as well as the color of the animal.
  • Cymric kittens are not sold until the age of six months, because during this period all their hereditary diseases are revealed.
  • The Cymric kittens cost approximately $ 350-950. The price depends, among other factors, on the length of the animal’s tail.
  • The Cymric cat is not a centenarian. This cat lives an average of 8-14 years with good care.
  • Because of the Cymric cat, a conflict arose between Canadian and English scientists over who first bred the cat.
  • Do not buy a Cymric kitten before six months, because it is during this period that all his hereditary diseases become apparent. You may simply be unprepared for the constant care of a sick animal and painfully endure its suffering and death.
  • The most different colors of Cymric cat are permissible. Eye color depends on them.
  • There are no representatives of this breed in the CIS countries, so a kitten can only be obtained from a distant border.

History of the breed

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.


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