The friendly, affectionate Cymric is the long haired variety of the tailless Manx cat. The Manx cat is a breed of domestic cat originating on the Isle of Man, with a naturally occurring mutation that shortens the tail. Other than coat length, the two breeds are identical, with a solid body, round head, widely spaced ears and large, round eyes. The thick coat comes in many colours and patterns, including tabby, tortoiseshell and calico.
The Cymric is gentle and playful. It’s not unusual to find that he enjoys playing fetch or carrying his toys around. He’s also smart and dexterous, capable of using his paws to get into cabinets or to open doors. Fond of human company, he will carry on a conversation in a sweet trilling voice. Some Cymrics give all their love to a single person while others are affectionate toward the entire family, including children.
The Cymric is highly intelligent. Challenge his brain and keep him interested in life by teaching him tricks and providing him with puzzle toys that will reward him with kibble or treats when he learns how to manipulate them
He might lack a tail, but the Cymric has a powerful rear end and is an excellent jumper, even without a natural counterweight to aid his balance. When you see him accelerate through the house and make sharp turns and quick stops, you’ll think he’s a mini sports car in the shape of a cat.
The Cymric is notable for his round contours, from his round head to his rounded rear end.
The ears are wide at the base and taper to a rounded tip. Large round eyes are set at a slight angle toward the nose with the outer corners a bit higher than the inner corners.
The Cymric has a double coat that gradually lengthens from the shoulders to the rear.
Some of the cats have tufts of hair on the ears and toes, which is especially desirable among breeders.
More About The Cymric Cat
The Cymrics lack of tail is the result of a spontaneous genetic mutation, a common occurrence in felines. Besides his lack of a tail, the Cymric, who takes his name from the Gaelic word for Wales, is noted for his rounded appearance: He has a round head, round eyes, even a rounded rear end. Don’t think that the Cymric is completely tailless, either; some are—they are called rumpys—but others have up to three vertebrae fused at the end of the spine (rumpy risers); some have a stump of up to five vertebrae that they can whisk around; and some, known as longys, have a tail that’s longer than the stump but shorter than the typical cat tail. The Cymric weighs seven to 13 pounds and has a silky, medium-length double coat in many colours and patterns.
- The Cymric coat is easy to groom. Comb or brush it two or three times a week to remove dead hair and prevent or remove any mats or tangles.
- You’ll need to brush him more often during the spring and fall shedding seasons.
- Trim the nails weekly and clean the ears occasionally if they look dirty.
- Brush the teeth with a vet-approved pet toothpaste for overall good health and fresh breath.
The Cymric is well suited to any home with people who will love him, play with him and care for him. Keep him indoors to protect him from cars, diseases spread by other cats and attacks from other animals.