From the Manx cat, where a spontaneous genetic mutation caused her to have no or only a very short tail, she was occasionally born with a long coat. The breeders have further crossed the Manx cats with these characteristics, resulting in the Cymric cat.
A Manx cat with long hair: that’s the Cymric cat. And what does that mean? That we are dealing with a kitten without or with a very short tail. And with a nice and full balloon look.
A long-haired version of the Manx
The breed evolved in the 60s of the last century in Canada and the US from Manx cats, who were born in some litters with a long coat.
It should be emphasized that the absence of the tail in these animals is due to a spontaneous genetic mutation.
In any case, breeders – Leslie Falteisek of the United States and Blair Wright of Canada – were solely responsible for breeding the cats’ long fur, thereby creating the Cymric cat.
The Manx cats – brushless and short-haired – are from the Isle of Man (Manx Ellen Vannin), which lies between England and Ireland. The name Cymric, on the other hand, derives from the word Wales in the Celtic language.
In this post, we introduce you to the Cymric Cat, a sociable and intelligent cat characterized by its entire (or partial) missing tail and a long coat with two layers.
Other features of the Cymric cat
In addition to the complete or partial absence of a tail and long hair, the Cymric cat has the following characteristics:
- Size: medium.
- Weight: three to five kilograms.
- Build: strong and sturdy, chubby look through the coat.
- Colors: varied (one or two colors, shaded or tortoiseshell).
- Fur: shiny and soft, with a very thick undercoat.
- Head: round, with pronounced cheeks.
- Eyes: big and round, color different, depending on coat color.
- Ears: medium-sized and set wide; wide at the base and narrowing to the rounded tips.
- Legs: the hind legs are slightly longer than the front legs.
To the tail it must be said that there are three variants of the Cymric cat, depending on tail length.
The rumpy has no tail at all, just a small depression. The rumpy raiser, on the other hand, has only two to three vertebrae and the stumpies have a slightly shorter tail than ordinary cats. Some Cymric cats are stillborn with whole tails.
The Cymric Cat: A very sociable cat
The Cymric Cat is a sociable and peaceful cat. It goes very well with all family members and even strangers. She can also easily live with other pets. Many owners estimate that she does not mew much.
With the Cymric cat, you have a loving, nice and calm cat who enjoys playing with their owners. She is usually very attached to her people and follows them like a dog through the house. Generally, she loves to spend time with her people.
The Cymric Cat is a smart and curious cat who likes to run, jump and play. She will be very happy if she can move freely to a properly landscaped garden or yard.
The care of the Cymric cat
Like the Manx cat, the Cymric cat is usually very healthy. It has a life expectancy of 10 to 15 years.
The absence of the tail, however, can lead to spina bifida, a congenital disorder in which the spine is open, causing various discomforts.
With regular care, you should brush this breed at least once a week to keep the hair in good condition.
Since Cymric cats often lose a lot of hair, one should also pay attention to the formation of hairballs in the digestive tract. The veterinarian can advise you on how to avoid and treat this problem.
The specialist should also advise you on a suitable diet and on the vaccination plan and worming.