Cymric

The main feature of the Cymric is the lack of the tail.
 
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Cymric dilute Calico
GRC Romanxx Lil
Breeder: S. Jean Brown, Romanxx cattery, North Carolina, USA
 
The Cymric comes in almost all colours and patterns:
  • In some organizations chocolate and lilac is not recognized.
  • In some other federations colourpoint and ticked tabby is not recognized.
Cymric tortoiseshell
SGC MinusDeTails Electra, OD
Breeder: Kay DeVilbiss, MinusdeTails cattery, Texas, USA
 

Please note:

  • The Cymric is accepted as a different breed by several organizations, see ACF, ACFA, CCA, TICA, WCF.
  • CFA calls the Cymric Longhair Manx.
Cymric patched tabby and white
GC BW RW Caitria's Ambrosia O'Shay
Breeder/Owner: Sandi Defoe, Caitria cattery, Texas, USA
 
Tail or no tail

In some organizations there are different types recognized, concerning the tailless:

  • Rumpy: complete lack of tail.
  • Rumpy riser: having the coccyx, the hinge that attaches the tail to the spine.
  • Stumpy: having the coccyx and one or two tail vertebrae.
  • Longie: tail of full length
    These cats are recognized in some organizations for champion title.
 

Name of the breed

The name Cymric is derived from Cymru (Welsh word for Wales) and was chosen by two pioneer breeders, Blair Wright and Leslie Falteisek. It is said, that the grandmother of Blair Wright had seen longhaired tailless cats in Wales first.
 

Literature

The literature does not tell you, that a certain breed is specifically affected by many genetic defects.
Due to the progress in gene technology you get more knowledge about the genes (it is the same with humans).

Taillessness.
OMIA ID:1694, Group ID:977

Articles aout defects in the spine
for example Spina bifida

Epidemiologic study of risk factors for lower urinary tract diseases in cats.
Lekcharoensuk C, Osborne CA, Lulich JP. J Am Vet Med Assoc. 2001 May 1;218(9):1429-35.
This article is not accessible without paid subscription.

Breed-related disorders of cats
1. Danièlle Gunn-Moore, 2. Claire Bessant, 3. Richard Malik
Journal of Small Animal Practice, Volume 49, Issue 4, pages 167–168, April 2008
Read the review of this article.

The Complete Cat Book The Complete Cat Book, Richard H. Gebhardt, Howell Book House, May 1995,
ISBN-10: 0876059191,
ISBN-13: 978-0876059197
 

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Standard ACF
Standard ACFA
Standard CCA
Standard CFA
Standard FIFe
Standard LOOF
Standard TICA
Standard WCF
 
  [Manx]
the shorthaired variant
 
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Breed profile

The Cymric (Longhair Manx) is a medium-sized cat, her main feature is the lack of the tail.

The head is somewhat rounded with typically chubby and prominent cheeks. The nose is straight with a gentle dip between the eyes. The muzzle is slightly longer than broad with rounded whisker pads. The ears are medium in size and relatively high set. The eyes are large and round.
The neck is short and strong.

The body is compact and medium long, with sturdy bone structure and a broad rounded chest. The Cymric gives a solid and substantial appearance. The flanks are deep. The back and rump are rounded, giving the Cymric that specific rounded appearance.
The legs are strong and the thighs of hind legs are very strong, hind legs are noticeable longer than the front legs, thus the rump appears higher than the shoulders.

The Cymric has no tail.

The coat is medium long, becoming gradually longer from the shoulders to the back. The coat is quite dense and well padded (pillow effect). The breeches, the hairs at the abdomen and the frill are longer than the hairs on the body. The frill is quite long and looks like a bib.

See also the shorthaired variant - the Manx.

 

History

The literature is not very clear. Some say that the Cymric co-existed naturally together with the Manx (the shorthair version) on the Isle of Man. Some claim that it is a man-made breed, where Persians had been crossed with Manx in the 1930s (see Richard H. Gebhardt, former CFA president, in The Complete Cat Book).
Cymrics appeared on cat shows around 1963, and were first recognized by CCA in the late 1970s and by TICA in 1979.
In 2005 the Cymric was also recognized by FIFe.

 

Temperament

The Cymric shares the Manx’s pleasant temperament. They are even-tempered, calm, intelligent and generally very affectionate to their human companions. The Cymric makes a good family pet and gets along with other companion animals very well. They like to play and are fascinated by water. They are remarkable jumpers because of their powerful hind legs, no shelf is too high for them.

 

Grooming

Because of the semi-long coat and thick undercoat, some grooming is required. However, the fur does not mat and therefore doesn’t require as much grooming as other longhaired cats. But the dense coat needs combing with a good quality steel comb, at least two or three times a week to remove dead hairs.

 

 
 
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