Cymric (Longhaired Manx)

  • Intelligent and playful without being high strung.
  • Retain kitten like personality into adulthood.
  • Tend to be one-person only cats.
  • Reserved around strangers.

The Cymric (kim-rick) is a longhaired mutation resulting from purebred Manx parents.  Although longhaired Manx have always appeared in Manx litters, it was only recently that breeders have attempted to have them recognized as a separate breed or breed division.  The International Cat Association (TICA) considers Cymrics as a separate breed from Manx.  In the Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA), Cymrics are referred to as Longhaired Manx, a division of the Manx.  Recognized for championship status in all breed associations.

Body Type:
  • Medium, stout, and compact with sturdy bone structure.
  • Rump is extremely broad and round with no tail, or only a partial tail.
  • Head is round with prominent cheeks and wide, rounded ears.
  • Eyes are large, round and conform to coat color.
  • Silky, double coat is dense, medium long, and forms a ruff around the neck.
  • Colors include solids, tabbies, and parti-colors.
Health and Wellness:
  • The gene that causes a shortened or absent tail may also cause spinal problems, weak hindquarters, colon defects and urinary tract defects.
  • Kitten buyers should look for kittens that move freely (without a hop), stand easily on all four feet, and that have clean, dry, hindquarters.
  • Fecal incontinence.
What you should know:
  • Hindquarters are higher than fore.
  • Rumpies, entirely tailless and often with a dimple where the tail would have been, are most prized in the show ring.
  • Rumpie-risers have one to three tail vertebrae and are allowable in the ring as long as the vertebrae do not stop the judge’s hand stroking down the rump.
  • Stumpies have a short tail stump.
  • Longies have a tail almost as long as the average cat.
  • Although only the tailless Cymrics are accepted for championship, littermates may be of any tail length.
  • All true Manx and Cymrics can trace their pedigrees back to the Isle of Man.  Only real difference from the Manx is the longer coat length.
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