The Orange-eyed White Cymric, with its typical glossy top coat, is one of the most popular colour forms. As with the Manx however, not all Cymrics are born without a tail.
The Cymric is the longhaired form of the Manx cat, which originated from the Isle of Man. Created by cat fanciers in Canada, the Cymric’s unusual name stems from the traditional Celtic name for Wales – Cymru. The Cymric’s name was chosen because of Wales’s proximity to the Isle of Man. Some cat organisations refer to these cats as Longhair Manx cats. The Cymric remains a rare breed today, in spite of its distinctive appearance.
- BREED DEVELOPED: 1 960s
- COUNTRY: Canada
- TYPE: Longhair
- BODY SHAPE: Medium-sized body and curved back
- WEIGHS UP TO: 6kg/13lb
- PLUS POINTS: Lively, intelligent companions
- WATCH POINTS: At greater risk from constipation in later life, because of their spinal structure.
The longhaired gene has been present in Manx bloodlines for many years, but Manx kittens with long hair were discarded from breeding programmes. When they appeared in Manx litters in Canada, however, it was decided to create a separate bloodline. They were originally exhibited by breeder Althea Frahm, under the rather unappealing description of `Manx Mutants’ in the early 1960s. Breeders were sceptical at first, suggesting that they could have been the result of crossings between Manx and Persian Longhairs, but as the distinctive profile of the Manx is unaltered in the Cymric, this confirms that no such cross-breeding took place.
Furthermore, just as in the Manx, three distinctive forms of Cymric are recognised. There are longies, which have a relatively long tail; stumpies, with hardly any tail, and rumpies, where there is no trace of a tail. Only rumpies can be exhibited, but such cats are not paired together because of a lethal factor associated with the absence of a tail. Rumpies have to be paired with a tailed form.
- When seen from the side, the Cymric has the distinctive arched profile of the Manx, with its rump being higher than its shoulders.
- The breed name of these cats is pronounced `kimrick’ .
- The undercoat of the Cymric is very dense, but it is not prone to matting, so grooming is easy.
- When two Cymrics mate they will only produce longhaired offspring because the longhaired characteristic is recessive.
- The coloration of these cats varies widely, but generally, Oriental colours and patterns are not acceptable for show purposes.