Fun-loving and loyal, the Cymric (pronounced KIM-rick or KUM-rick) is a tailless, longhaired cat originating from the Isle of Man. They’re also known as the Longhaired Manx, and some breed registries don’t acknowledge them as a separate breed: the Manx and the Cymric are identical except for their coat length, and both long and shorthaired kittens can be born in the same litter.
Sometimes described as dog-like because of their love of interactive play and devotion to family, the Cymric will be delighted by a game of fetch or a toy dangled on a string. They were originally “working” cats, living on farms and aboard ships to control rodent populations, and play gives them a chance to exercise those skills rarely needed as a pampered house-pet. They’re patient and gentle, and do well with children. Children should be cautious when petting the Cymric on the hind-end, as whether there is no tail or just a stub, the nerve endings can be particularly sensitive there.
Appearance / lifespan:
If you were to draw the Cymric, you would start with a lot of circles: a round body, an arched back, round head, round cheek, rounded eyes, and round, fuzzy bottom. They have a compact look, with powerful back legs that are just a little longer than the front, setting the hind end taller than the shoulders. The result is a noticeably bounding, hopping gate which, when coupled with the lack of a tail, has earned them the “bunny cat” nickname.
The neck is short and thick, the legs stocky and large boned with medium, rounded feet. Both the ears and the toes of this longhaired breed may be tufted. Of course, the most obvious feature of the Cymric is their lack of a tail. Most have a smooth, rounded hind end, completely tail free, but there may be a very short nub of cartilage. They may have very sensitive nerve endings where their tail would be, so care must be taken when touching the Cymric in this area.
The Cymric’s coat is medium-long with a soft and somewhat silky top coat, and a dense undercoat that makes them feel padded and plush. The Cymric can come in all colors and patterns, but bright, bold colors and tabby markings are common. Their coat should be brushed a couple of times a week to remove loose fur and prevent matting.
Some Cymric cats experience neurologic disorders and defecation problems due to spinal defects associated with the gene for taillessness. Such issues can usually be recognized before four months of age.
Behavior / temperament:
The Cymric is an easy-going and fun-loving companion. They are active, but not too active, affectionate, but not overly demanding. They are an exceptionally easy cat to get along with, and do well with children and other pets. They’re intelligent and playful, and have been known to turn door handles when they’re in need of a new room to explore. They may not be overly hyper, but Cymric is a strong cat with a powerful jump, and you may find them surfing the tops of your cupboards and bookcases. They are known to enjoy playing fetch, and some even seem to “bury” their toys in couch cushions and piles of clothes. Perhaps because of their island heritage, the Cymric has a fascination with water, so don’t be surprised if you catch them with a furry foot in your water glass.
Most of all, the Cymric is devoted to the family, and bonds very closely with them. They don’t like to be left alone for long periods of time. They’re not overly talkative, but they’ll get the occasional urge to have a quiet conversation, and their meow is more of a musical trill.
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From Megan S 53 days ago