The Cymric’s unique appearance distinguishes it from other cats it has no tail, but it differs from the Manx in that it also has long hair. The Cymric has the same temperament and personality as the Manx, being loyal and affectionate, intelligent and gentle, courageous and strong. It makes an excellent family pet, being good with children and dogs, and is amusing as well as sensitive. Like the Manx it would make an excellent mouser for offices or hotels, especially since there is no tail to get caught in doors! A fast runner and a good hunter, the Cymric needs plenty of space to roam.
Although the Cymric has long hair, the fur does not mat easily, and the cat is therefore easy to groom. A good comb through daily is all that is required to remove dead hairs. Their eyes and ears should be examined regularly for dirt or ear mites.
Origin and history
The Manx is an old established breed, particularly common on the Isle of Man, but also known elsewhere. However, it seems that longhaired kittens first appeared in Manx litters in Canada in the 1960s.
Mating two Cymrics produces 100 percent Cymric kittens, but tail less cats have a lethal factor when like is mated to like too often; therefore for the best results tailed or stumpy tailed cats should be mated to tail-less cats. Many of the tailed or stumpy tailed kittens that are born in the same litters make excellent pets and are intelligent and affectionate.
Cymric kittens are courageous and venturesome and very playful, even though denied the built-in toy that other breeds have in the nest, that inviting feature a mother’s tail.