Cymric Cat (Longhaired Manx)

The Cymric (both C’s are pronounced as K’s) is a little known variety of the Manx that is only acknowledged in North America, where it is also denominated longhaired Manx or Manx longhair.

Even there, it is only admitted by the Canadian cat Association, and some other United States Associations, and only for exhibitions, never in the category for the championship.

In Great Britain the features of the Cymric has been observed in Manx litters, but it is a non-acknowledged race in Europe.

Breed Origins
The Cymric receives its name from a supposed Celtic connection. In reality, the only bond with the Celtic world is the fact that some inhabitants of the Isle of Man and Wales are from a Celtic origin and the Cymric, being a mutation from the Manx, is a far cousin of this race. But its immediate origin is in North America.

The first Cymric was born in Canada at the end of the sixties, in a normal litter of Manx whelps. The motive is still a mystery, although the genetic problems of the Manx are wide known, mutations that sometimes cause death inside the uterus or osseous malformations.

There were news that in the forties and the fifties some Manx breeders has used Persians in their breeding programs, but, it seems that in the case of the Canadian cymric it was a product of a couple of Manx with seven or more generations of pure Manx ancestors.

In any case, the truth is that in that first litter the dominant gene responsible for the lack of tail, present in the genotype of the Manx, was combined with the recessive gene of the long hair.

Cymric Breeding
At first the Canadian breeders mated the Cymric only with exemplar of its own race, but this brought lethal genetic malformations, so it was evident the needs to maintain in the lineage Manx specimens with tails or with traces of it.

Because of it, whelps keep on being born with tails or with traces of it and which the breeders put on sale, due that the cymric for exhibition must totally lack of a tail.

The breeding is extraordinarily difficult because, apart from the complications derived from maintaining cats with traces of tail in the lineage, the deaths at birth and in the first months are frequent (one fourth of the cymric whelps don’t develop inside the uterus and a considerable percentage of the whelps suffer from bifid spine and other osseous malformations.

These problems explain the low admissions of the race by the feline associations, and the truth is that some veterinarians are totally against keeping programs that causes unnecessary sufferings.

Cat Houses American Shorthair Cat European Shorthair Cat Short Hair Cat Classification European Shorthair Cat, Breed Consolidation Cat Breed Distinction European Shorthair Cat Characteristics Tabby Varieties in the European Shorthair Cat The First American Cat Breed European Shorthair Cat, Calico Variety American Shorthair Cat Characteristics American Shorthair Cat, Calico and Tortoise American Shorthair Cat Tabby Varieties Norwegian Forest Cat Somali Cat Cymric Cat (Longhaired Manx) Balinese and Javanese Cat Sacred Birman Cat Persian Cat Maine Coon Cat Van Turk Cat Turk Angora Cat Norwegian Forest Cat Characteristics and Character Turk Angora Characteristics and Character Van Turk Characteristics Maine Coon Cat, a Strong Breed Persian Colourpoint Characteristics and Character Maine Coon Characteristics and Character Persian Colourpoint Persian Cat Characteristics Genetic Influences in Persian Cats The Tabby Pattern Persian Cat Balinese Cat Characteristics Breed Origins of the Birman Cat The First Persian Cats Birman Cat Characteristics and Character Cymric Cat Characteristics Balinese Cat Character The Javanese Cat Somali Cat Characteristics Introduction of New Breeds New Cat Breeds Long Hair Cats Short Haired Cats