The Cymric cat breed is solidly built and chunky with a similar body type to the British Shorthair cat breed with large eyes and widely spaced ears. The lack of a tail is the breed's most outstanding feature. Its hind legs are longer than the front legs. The Cymric cat's hair is thick and provides a layer of padding over the main body, adding to the round appearance. A rabbit-like hop can sometimes be seen in Cymric cats because of the spinal deformity, similar to spina bifida, which is associated with the taillessness. Cymric cats come in all colours and patterns, except the pointed Siamese cat breed type.
The Cymric cat breed is a semi-longhaired version of the Manx cat. Despite its name, which derives from Cymru, the Celtic name for Wales, it originates from the Isle of Man. Tailless cats are common on the Isle of Man where inbreeding among the island cats allowed a naturally occurring tailless gene mutation to spread. As for the Manx cat, litters of Cymric kittens can have stumpy tails of various lengths (classed as rumpy-risers, stumpies, and longies) or no tails at all (rumpy). Breeding programmes in Canada in the 1960s lead to their popularity of Cymrics in the USA, where only completely tailless animals are shown.
Country Of Origin
Isle of Man (UK)/Canada
The Cymric cat is a very quiet, playful and intelligent cat. It can be a little shy and reserved around strangers and tends to bond very closely with one individual. It is a breed that seems to keep its kitten-like behaviour well into adulthood.
The lack of a tail is a severe genetic defect and the Cymric cat's 'deformed' spine may cause health problems including arthritis from an early age. In some cats, the anal passage may be narrowed and this can cause bowel blockages. As with all cats, Cymric cats and kittens need vaccinations, parasite control and annual veterinary health checks.
As the lack of a tail is a condition similar to spina bifida, breeding can result in kitten deformities or deaths if the wrong cats are bred together. If you are considering breeding from your Cymric cat, seek veterinary advice to avoid unnecessary suffering and deformity in the kittens.
The thick coat of the Cymric cat needs daily brushing to keep it tangle free and in top condition.