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Longhair Manx Breed Description

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Breed Organization

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The Cat Fanciers' Association

Native Country
United States Of America

Other Names
Cymric, Manx Longhair

Coat Length

Life Expectancy
No Information Available

General Description

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 Standard

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.


The gene that gives the Cymric and Manx their unusual tails can also be lethal. Kittens who inherit two copies of the tailless gene die before birth and are reabsorbed in the womb. Since these kittens make up about 25 percent of all kittens, litters are usually small. Even cats who inherit only one copy of the gene can have what is called Manx syndrome. This can cause spina bifida, gaps in the vertebrae, fused vertebrae, and bowel or bladder dysfunctions. Also, a rabbit-like hop can sometimes be seen in Cymric cats due to the spinal deformity.

Not every Cymric with a short spine has problems or Manx syndrome. It is simply an attribute of the Manx gene, and its expression cannot be entirely prevented. As the problems usually become apparent within the first six months of age, Cymric and Manx kittens are usually kept by breeders until older before being made available.

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