A Manx but with long hair. This is the Cymric cat. And this means? That we are facing a tailors tailor or a very small one. And with a lovely teddy ball look.
A hairy version of the Manx
The breed was developed in the 60s of the last century in Canada and the USA, from the Manx kittens that were born with long hair in some litters.
It should be noted that the absence of tail that these animals present is due to a spontaneous genetic mutation. In any case, the breeders – Leslie Falteisek, from the United States, and Blair Wright, from Canada – took care that this characteristic, added to the long fur, would end up constituting the Cymric cat breed.
Recall that the Manx minions – without tail and short hair – come from the Isle of Man, located between England and Ireland. The name Cymric, meanwhile, derives from the word Wales in the Celtic language.
We introduce you to the Cymric cat, a sociable and intelligent pussycat that stands out for its total (or partial) lack of tail and its long double-layer coat.
Other physical characteristics of the Cymric cat
In addition to the total or partial lack of tail and its long hair, the Cymric cat has the following characteristics:
- Average size
- Weight: between three and five kilograms
- Contexture: solid and strong, chubby
- Colors: varied (solid, bicolor, shaded, warm and hawksbill)
- Fur: shiny and soft, with a very thick sublayer
- Head: round, with pronounced skirts
- Eyes: large and round, and color according to the hair
- Ears: medium and widely spaced from each other; they are wide at the base and narrow towards the rounded tips
- Legs: the rear is somewhat longer than the front
For the tail, it remains to specify that there are three varieties of Cymric. The Rumpy lacks it and has a hole in its base. The Stumpy, meanwhile, has only a few vertebrae of it. And Longy has a tail a little shorter than a common cat. However, some specimens are born with whole tails.
A very sociable pussycat
He is a sociable and friendly cat. It matches very well with all family members and even strangers. Nor does it present problems of living with other pets, and it is appreciated that it is not a great meower.
We are facing an affectionate, friendly, calm and who loves to play with its owners. He is usually very dependent on his humans, and it is that he can follow them throughout the house as if he were a dog. And he loves spending time with them.
The Cymric is a smart and curious pussycat, who also loves to run, jump and have fun. So you will feel happy if you can count on a properly conditioned garden or patio to prevent it from escaping.
Care required by the Cymric cat
Like the Manx, it is a cat that is usually very healthy. It has a life expectancy of 10 to 15 years. However, the absence of a tail can lead to suffering from spina bifida, a congenital disorder that prevents the vertebrae of the spinal cord from closing and causing various inconveniences.
To the specific care that the breed requires, to keep your hair in good condition it is necessary to brush it at least once a week.
Also, as they often lose a lot of hair, attention should be paid to the formation of trichobezoar in their digestive system. In any case, the veterinarian will advise how to prevent and treat this problem.
- The professional must also indicate the most adequate diet for each stage of the life of the pussycat, and the vaccination and deworming schedule that must be followed.