Native Country United States Of America Other Names Longhair Manx, Cymric Life Expectancy No Information Available Litter Size No Information Available
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
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.).
History 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.
Behavior 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.