Cymric Cat

Cymric cat (or Welsh cat) is a breed of domestic tailless or short-tailed cats, also called long-haired Manxes. Indeed, these two breeds have no differences except the length of the fur.

Cymric cat photo

History of Cymric cat

The Cymric homeland is the Isle of Man which is located near the Great Britain. All the manxes originated from there, although the Canadian breeders say that they were the first to bring out the long-haired Cymric cat.

Cymric cat history

The first mention of short-tailed cats is dated in 1750. Since the Isle of Man is small, so as a result of inbreeding short tails or complete absence of them has become the main feature of all local cats. Long-haired Manxes were born there, but then they were considered a deviation from the standard. And when such kittens were born in the 1960s in Canada, they began to be bred as a separate breed.

Description of the breed

Cymric cats have average sizes and weight of 4-6 kg. The breed standard is the same for both Manxes and Cymric. The main differentiated feature of the Welsh cat is a long fur with “panties”, tufts of fur between the fingers and lush tassels on the ears.

Cymric cat description

Detailed description according to TICA organization:

  • Head – rounded, slightly more in length than width, of medium size. Expressive cheekbones, strong chin, round whiskers pads. A rounded forehead;
  • Ears – wide enough at the base, with rounded tips, medium size, widely planted, with lush tassels;
  • Eyes – round and large, set at a slight angle (the upper edge is slightly elevated). Color corresponds to dyeing;
  • Body – a type of medium-sized cobby, a low abdominal line, a short back that forms an even arch from the shoulders to the pelvis;
  • Paws are muscular, strong bones; hind legs are longer than forelegs. Pads of paws are of medium size, with bundles of fur between fingers;
  • Tail– usually absent, but it be small, non-protruding cartilage;
  • Fur – long or medium-length, with undercoat, silky, the texture depends on the dyeing and seasonal

Cymric cat character

They are very gentle and playful cats. Owing to the powerful hind legs, they jump perfectly and therefore can climb to any height in the house.

Cymric is a smart cat who quickly understands how to open the door and get what it wants. Also, the Manxes have one habit which is characterized more for dogs: they like to hide or bury toys. These cats frequently love swimming.

Cymric cat character

The Cymric does not have a loud voice, but it likes to talk and can make interesting purring sound. These cats are attached to a person; they get along easily with children and other animals. They are balanced, calm and more like being in the company than in solitude.

Care and health

The gene, because of which Cymric cat and Manx are born tailless, has a very bad effect on their health. Kittens who inherit this gene from both parents die before birth. Those, to whom one gene is transmitted, may become sick with manx syndrome. In this case, such processes as happens: splitting of the spine, various defects of it, dysfunction of the intestine and bladder occurs.

All these problems usually occur during the first 6 months of the life of the kitten, so before this age they are usually not sold. The life span of the Welsh cat is 8-14 years.

Cymric cat health


Although the Cymric has no outstanding tail, the sensory endings are preserved and unprotected. Therefore, it must be carefully rubbed and certainly you do not allow anyone to grab the pet by the tail. Any pressure on this zone can cause the pain.

In addition, when you take Cymric cat, you must necessarily support its hind legs, so as not to create additional strain on the back.

Features of the cat’s hygiene are standard: combing twice a week, cleaning the teeth, eyes, ears, regular cleaning of the tray, so that the pet does not spoil its long fur.

Feed the Cymric with a balanced food with all the vitamins necessary for the beautiful look of his fur. Taking into account the activity of these cats, their diet should be nutritious, but not excessive.


The following photos show how the Cymric cat looks.

Cymric cat health

Cymric can be of different dyeing and patterns. CFA organization standards include the following colors:

  • white with blue eyes,
  • white with copper eyes,
  • white with multi-colored eyes,
  • blue,
  • black,
  • red,
  • cream,
  • color of silver chinchilla,
  • silvery-smoky,
  • black / blue haze,
  • silver / blue / red / brown tabby / mackerel,
  • tortie,
  • cream white,
  • bicolors,

Deviations from the standard are chocolate color, lavender and himalayan color (including white spots).


How to determine how much a cymric kitten costs? The price for representatives of this breed starts from $350. The cost of kitten show class can reach $1000 and depends on sex, pedigree and tail length.


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