The Cymric is a domestic cat breed that is often considered to be a color variant or breed variant of the Manx cat, which shares many of its physical characteristics. This breed’s name is derived from the Welsh name for Wales, Cymru, although the cat has no association with that area. The Manx cat is said to have originated from the Isle of Man, although the longhaired Manx is sometimes said to have originated from Canada.
Records kept on the Isle of Man show that that tailless trait of the Manx, and later the Cymric, occurred due to a mutant gene. Because the island is so small, the dominant gene that caused the tailless trait, and the longhair trait, passed through generations of domestic cats. The longhaired kittens born to Manx cats were often thought of as mutant offspring and were not included as purebred individuals. These furry and tailless cats were also born in Canada, but these were deliberately bred to produce more individuals with that mutant gene. The Manx was accepted by many official registries in the 1920s, but it was not until the 1960s that the Cymric would be accepted as its own official breed.
There are no differences between the Cymric and the Manx besides the length of fur and it is called some variant of Longhair Manx in most official registries. The Cymric is muscular and stocky, reaching an average weight between seven and thirteen pounds. This breed is rotund and its medium length fur makes it appear even rounder. Like the Manx, all color variations of the Cymric are accepted by registries, although not all registries accept all colors.
The Cymric produces four tail types including rumpies, which have dimples in place of tails, and longies, which have tails nearly as long as other types of cats. Other tail types include rumpy-risers that have knobbed tails, and stumpies, which have tails that reach one-third the size of normal tails. The Isle of Man Longhair, a variant of the Cymric that always has a long tail, is only considered a distinct breed by the New Zealand Cat Fancy (NZCF), but in other registries, they are known only as important breeding stock.
Although the tailless trait of the Cymric and Manx are popular, the dominate gene that causes the trait can be deadly. Within the womb, kittens that hold two of the dominate genes die and are absorbed into the womb. Only about twenty-five percent of kittens are born, and many of these have Manx-syndrome, a condition that causes spinal issues like spina bifida and bowel issues. Breeders will often keep kittens for up to six months in order to ensure that they are healthy. The Cymric cat is intelligent and active in nature and gets along well with other pets. It is also loyal, loving, and gentle.
Image Caption: Cymric, in a cat show focusing on the Norwegian Forest breed. Credit: Heikki Siltala/Wikipedia (CC BY 3.0)