The unique term “Cymric” (pronounced as koom-rick) stems from the indigenous word “Cymru” which traditionally means being of, or from Wales. The breed that was given this designation originated from the spontaneously mutated domestic Manx cat population in Wales during the middle of the 20th Century. They are tail-less and have long hair, which aren’t the general and acceptable traits for Manx cats. Because of the keen interest of some of the cat fanciers with this occasional long-haired Manx kittens in the latter part of the 1960s, outcrosses of this variety were then introduced. As a result, the gene pool of the Cymric cat or what is now commonly known as the “long-haired Manx”, was widened at the same time strengthened.
Cymric cats are generally medium-sized, compact and muscular with a solid bone structure. Except for the coat, the breed is very much identical in appearance to their relatives, the Manx cat. Unlike the latter, Cymric cats’ fur is long, dense, and silky with a woolly undercoat that is much thicker than the outer ones. Nevertheless, its most notable feature is the breed’s lack of the conventional tail. In fact, Cymric cat’s tail could either be classified as rumpy, rumpy-riser, stumpy, or longy. The breed has a round head, jowly cheeks, pointed ears, and large expressive eyes. They have a short, thick neck and short front legs in proportion to their body. Overall, the Cymric cats have a beautiful, rounded look, with a coat that could come in all colors and patterns.
Cymric cats are an affectionate breed that knows how to get along well very easily with its human friends and other four-legged companions in the household, including pooches. They are very loyal and love to spend as much time with their owners as possible, every hour of every single day. In addition, the breed is intelligent, fun-loving, and playful. They can be easily taught a variety of tricks and can continually amuse their human friends and even guests. Despite the Cymric’s exceptionally outgoing personality, they are mostly non-aggressive and gentle. They are rarely pushy or overly needy of their owner’s attention.
Cymric cats have an easy-to-groom coat. To get rid of dead hair, at the same time prevent mats or tangles, just comb or brush their long, thick coat twice or thrice a week. Weekly nail trimming and occasional ear cleaning are necessary too to keep them tidy. Regular dental care also has to be done to ensure fresh breath and overall good health.
Cymric cats are generally prone to several medical issues like spina bifida and sacrocaudal dysgenesis. They have also been reported to be at risk of developing corneal dystrophy and a few gastrointestinal problems such as rectal prolapse and megacolon.
Like any other pet, Cymric cats are well-suited to any living environment with responsible owners who will love them and take care of them well. Just always keep them indoors to save them from outside harms like car accidents, communicable feline diseases, and attacks from other animals.