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Cymric - Breed Profile:

Origin: Isle of Man (Great Britain)
Colors: Any colour
Size: Medium to large
Coat Type(s): Longhair
Grooming: Twice a week
Talkativeness: Average
Activity Level: Average
Attention Requirement: Average
Overall: Easy to handle

Breed video: Manx cats

Cymric cats are known as a longhair variety of Manx cats. Basically, these cat breeds are absolutely the same in all aspects except the length of the coat.

Physical characteristics

Cymrics are medium to large cats with a well-boned and well-muscled body. Cymrics have strong hind legs, which makes them very good jumpers. Adult males weigh 9 to 13 pounds; adult females weigh 7 to 11 pounds. The head is round. The eys are also round and full. In fact, roundness is what you come to think of when you look at a Cymric. You can even say that they look like a teddy bear. To complete the impression, Cymrics have medium-sized ears that are spaced widely at the base, and tapering gradually to a rounded tip. Moreover, Cymrics have very special tails. You can come across four different types: "rumpy", "rumpy-risers", "stumpies", and "longies". "Rumpy" Cymrics are born entirely tailless; they often have a dimple at the base of the spine where the tail would be. "Rumpy-risers" have a short knob of tail which comprises one to three vertebrae connected to the spine. "Stumpies" have a short tail stump that is often curved, kinked, or knotted. Finally, "longies" have long tails, almost as long as usual cats.
Eye color of Cymrics can be copper, green, hazel, blue or odd-eyed, depending on the colour and pattern of the coat.

Temperament

Cymrics are intelligent, playful and adaptable. They tend to form strong bonds with their chosen humans. Being very affectionate, Cymrics are often called "lap" cats because they would love to lie on your lap. With all that, they do not demand too much attention. They make good family pets because they get on well with family members and other pets. If you have to spend much time out of home, consider getting another cat so that your Cymric does not feel lonely. Because of their inquisitive nature, you will often find your cat sitting on the highest perch in the house. So make sure you have bought at least a cat tree to meet the interests of your little investigator.

Coat and grooming

The sumptuous coat of Cymrics will make you want to hug and cuddle them all the time. Their fur is dense and well-padded. The toes and ears have impressive tufts. Overall, a Cymrics coat feels soft, smooth and silky. As in most cats, the winter coat will be heavier and longer. They do need grooming, but less than other longhair breeds such as, for example, the Persian. It is so because a Cymric's fur is pretty resistant to matting. Twice a week grooming can be quite enough. However, in shedding periods, grooming has to be done daily.
Cymrics come in all colours and patterns, and such it is accepted by many cat associations. However, some cat associations (e.g. CFA) do not accept the chocolate, lavender, Himalayan patterns, and those combined with white.

Health

The gene that gives the Cymric its unique tail can also be lethal. If a kitten inherits two copies of this gene, it will die before birth and reabsorbed in the womb. Unfortunately, such kittens make about 25 percent of all kittens. Even if a kitten inherits only one copy of the tailless gene, it can have so called Manx Syndrome, which can cause Spina Bifida, gaps in the vertebrae, fused vertebrae, and bowel or bladder dysfunctions. However, not every Cymric cat has health problems or Manx Syndrome. The problems usually become obvious within the first six months of life, so, if you are about to buy a Cymric kitten, it is better to wait till this age or a little bit more.

Other interesting facts

Even though Cymrics do not love bathing, they are often fascinated by water like the Manx. They enjoy watching it running, so do not be surprised if your cat "asks" you to turn on the tap.