Energy & Playfulness
Affection & Handling
Likes To Be Alone
Grooming & Shedding
Amber, Copper, Green, Gold, Hazel, Orange, Yellow
White, Blue, Black, Red, Cream, Silver, Tortoiseshell, Bluecream, Brown
Solid Color, Tortoiseshell, Bicolor, Tricolor/Calico, Tabby, Ticking, Smoke, Shaded
The name is almost as interesting to look at as the breed is. The Cymric (kim-rick) is the only breed that was created to be completely tail-free. It’s a natural genetic mutation that was isolated by this breeds remote location on the Isle of Man, an area off the coast of Britain.
The Isle of Man is known for their naturally, free roaming, tailless cats. It’s not known if the genes were introduced to the island via travelers or if the genes existed and spread through the cat population by natural selection. The Cymric is identical to the Manx aside from the length of their coat.
The Manx has been recognized by the CFA for decades and also by the International Cat Association, and other cat registries. A longhaired Cymric version was accepted by CFA as a division of the Manx.
The Cymric was originally a working cat and it hasn’t lost it touch or ability to hunt and stay alert. Many owners have mentioned that their Cymrics will react with defensive guard-like behaviors at strange noises and things that look out of place.
The Cymric is mellow when not alerted into their natural predatory behaviors. As long as you don’t appear to be alarmed or frightened, he’ll stay even keel and relaxed. The Cymric enjoys following his favorite person down and around the house to “help” and assist you. This isn’t to suggest that they are nosy, but they really enjoy protecting their owners like the Secret Service enjoys protecting the president.
They Cymric has been known to enjoy his fair share of laps, but if no lap is available, they will happily curl up on the sofa or bed next to you.
Cymrics can be trained to be more friendly if they are exposed to lots of people as a kitten. If you socialize them to strangers, they should have no problem meeting strangers and guests in adulthood with a healthy headbutt.
The Cymric is easily trained to respect no go areas like furniture, counters and tables. It’s best to provide them with an alternative fun solution.
Any cat can have ailments that are related to any cat regardless of breed. It's important to always consult with your breeder about genetic concerns. The Cymric is a generally healthy cat, but here are some health concerns that have been noted in this breed:
The Cymric’s coat is easily cared for with brushing or combing a couple of times a week to remove dead hair and distribute skin oil. Check the rear end closely to make sure feces aren’t clinging to the fur surrounding the anus, and clean it if necessary to prevent the cat from smearing poop on carpets or furniture.
The ears are another place where dirt can build up. Make sure to use cotton balls with warm water and gently scrub the interior of theirs ears.
Children And Other Pets
If he is introduced to them in kittenhood, the active and social Cymric is a perfect choice for families with children and cat-friendly dogs. He will play fetch as well as any retriever, learns tricks easily and loves the attention he receives from children who treat him politely and with respect.
He lives peacefully with cats and dogs who respect his authority and can learn to leave birds and fish alone. An adult Cymric may not appreciate children as readily, especially if he is used to a quiet household. Always introduce pets slowly and in controlled circumstances to ensure that they learn to get along together