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TICA Executive Office
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The Cat Fanciers' Association
Website: http://www.cfainc.org

Native Country
United States Of America
Other Names
Longhair Manx, Manx Longhair
Life Expectancy
No Information Available
Litter Size
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Breed Appearance
They have a cobby body, and an unusually rounded appearance. Cymrics have large and full eyes and have widely spaced ears. Unlike that of the parent Manx breed, the hair of a Cymric is medium-long, dense and well padded over the main body, adding further to the round appearance. All colors and patterns that are accepted for the Manx are accepted for the Cymric. In the breed of Cymrics, four different tail types are produced. The "rumpy" is the most valued for cat show purposes, and is the only show cat type in some organizations. This is a cat born entirely tailless. Instead, rumpies often have a dimple at the base of the spine where the tail would be. Next, there are "rumpy-risers". These cats have a short knob of tail that is made up of one to three vertebrae connected to the spine. "Stumpies" have a short tail stump, up to about 1/3 of a normal tail length. Finally, "longies" or "fully tailed" have tails as long or almost as long as an ordinary cat. It is impossible to predict what tail types will appear in any given litter.

Breed Description
Head: Of medium size, round and slightly longer than broad. Moderately rounded forehead, pronounced cheekbones, and jowliness. Nose of medium length. Muzzle slightly longer than broad. Definite whisker break. Strong chin.
Eyes: Large and round. Color appropriate to coat color.
Neck: Short and thick.
Body: Compact and cobby. Broad chest. Short back. Rounded rump. Robust bone structure. Solidly muscled.
Paw: Hind legs are much longer than forelegs. Heavily boned. Muscular. Paws round and medium in size.
Tail: Short or absent.
Coat: Semilong, longer on underparts. Very silky texture. Double coat (abundant undercoat). Colors: Same varieties as the Manx (natural colors, tabby patterns, etc.).

A longhaired, tailless cat from Ireland A specific gene was responsible for the semilong coat of the cats living on the Isle of Man in the Irish Sea. In the 1960s, Canadian breeder Blair Wright and American breeder Leslie Falteisek decided to fix this characteristic and thus create a new longhaired Manx breed, the Cymric (Cymru means Wales in Gaelic). Around 1970, the Canadian Cat Association recognized the breed. Naming it Longhaired Manx, the C.F.A. recognized the breed in 1989. As of this writing, the F.I.Fe has not recognized the Cymric. This breed is almost unknown in Europe.

This is a playful, active, hardy cat. The highly social Cymric readily acceptes strangers and gets along well with other animals. He is also gentle with children. Care is simple. Weekly brushing is sufficient.

No hereditary issues were found.

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