If you want to know all about the Cymric cat breed you’ve come to the right place. This cute little cat is actually a long hair Manx and shares similar characteristics.
In this post I’ll be sharing many facts about the Cymric cat I hope you’ll find interesting. These include history of the breed, physical characteristics, and lots more.
You’ll discover all about this cat’s temperament and if there are any health issues. Plus, caring for a Cymric cat, and more.
Keep reading to discover if the Cymric cat is right for you…
Cymric Breed History
If you’ve read my overview of the Manx cat you’ll know it originates from the Isle Of Man. Well, the Cymric also has it’s origins there as well.
However, the name Cymric means “having to do with Wales.” Interestingly, many long hair tailless breeds of cat were found in Wales.
This provides a strong indication they may have been taken there by ship. It’s believed this may have occurred around 1750.
These long hair tailless cats began breeding after their arrival, and numbers soon started to increase. However, short hair Manx continue to be the dominant variety to this day.
Cymrics first arrived in Canada in the 1960s, although it wasn’t until they appeared in America that breeding programs officially began.
Are Cymric Cats Rare?
Yes, compared to Manx, Cymric cats are quite rare. This means you’d need to be patient if you decide to get a Cymric kitten.
Despite their rarity, it’s still possible to find breeders in your area. Always check them out first though, before making time to visit.
How Many Coat Colors Are There?
Cymric cats can be found in a variety of coat colors. These can range from black, white, cream, red, and tabby, through to brown and even blue.
In addition, many have solid coat colors, while others can be found with bi or tri color coats. Also, ticking and shaded coat patterns are also found.
The coat itself has a double layer and very thick. This means regular grooming is essential.
About The Cymric Cat Temperament
The Cymric cat tends to be placid in nature, and very loving. In addition, this highly intelligent breed is quite dog like.
While many still believe you can’t train a cat, Cymrics can be taught to walk on a leash. This is great if you don’t live in an area safe enough for cats to wander freely.
If you’re looking for a cat well suited to children, the Cymric is a good choice. Its gentle nature makes the breed very tolerant.
Although you should have no problem with other pets it’s always a good idea to follow a few sensible rules. In fact you can read introducing a new kitten to another cat, a post I recently wrote.
Physical Characteristics Of The Cymric Cat
While many Cymric cats are completely tailless, some have stubs, or even full length tails. However, it’s rare for a Cymric to have a tail the same length as that of a typical cat.
If you look at a Cymric you’d notice the head is round in shape with large round eyes. Also, looking closely at the fur, you’d notice it’s shorter around the shoulder area and longer further down.
A cute ruff can also be seen around the shoulders. In addition, tufts of hair can often be found on the ears and toes.
The Cymric is a medium size cat with a muscular body that’s quite short in length. Although, if you were to pick up a Cymric it would feel heavy.
Despite the short body, compared to a Manx it would appear longer. This is simply an illusion created by the Cymric’s long hair.
You’ll be interested to hear, manx kittens can appear in a Cymric litter, and Cymric in a Manx litter. This is the result of genes and can’t be predicted by a breeder.
Caring For Your Cymric Cat
If you decide to adopt a Cymric cat you’d need to allow time for grooming. As mentioned previously, these cats have thick double coats.
One of the best brushes I’d recommend is the Slicker as it’s especially good for cats with thick undercoats. They’re not expensive and well worth the investment.
It’s advisable to brush your Cymric several times a week to keep the coat in good condition and more during Spring and Autumn.
With short front legs and longer hind legs this cat is a powerful jumper! High shelves or bookcases don’t guarantee safe places for breakables!
As Cymrics are known for their healthy appetites, be careful not to overfeed. Also, ensure your cat gets plenty of exercise to avoid excessive weight gain.
As with all cats, it’s important to look after their teeth. Regular brushing helps remove plaque and avoid tooth decay.
Dental decay is sadly very common in cats over three years old. If you’re unsure about cleaning your cat’s teeth ask your vet for guidance.
Cymric Cat Health Issues
You’ll find the Cymric cat is generally a healthy breed. However, they can be prone to arthritis, as well as spinal deformities.
As with all animals born with disabilities, they tend to cope well. Many live normal lives and survive to a good age.
If you’re wondering how long Cymric cats live, you’ll be pleased to hear despite any disabilities 13-15 years is average.
Other potential health problems such as kidney disease are fairly common in all cats. Ensuring you keep up with vaccinations and annual checks helps prevent problems.
Early diagnosis of any health issue makes it easier to treat. It’s no different for cats than it is for us.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this post about the Cymric cat breed. Whether you’re interested in learning about this long haired Manx, or want to adopt, I hope I’ve answered your questions.
This affectionate and loving breed gets on well with other pets and children. If you want a gentle natured cat with lots of personality, the Cymric could be a good choice.
There are a wide variety of coat colors found, and not all are completely tailless. You’d need to be mindful of any potential disabilities, though in general you can expect a healthy kitty.
While Cymrics are quite rare you can still find breeders. However, make sure to check out any you find first, before making decisions.
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