Cymric Cat Characteristics

The exhibition standards require that the cymric, besides lacking of a tail, to have the rounded shape of the Manx, similar to that of a rabbit, with long hind legs, a short loin and, in consequence, its hind quarters higher than the shoulder when standing.

Curiously, the way of walking of the Cymric and the Manx also reminds us of a rabbit.

It is also required that they have wide sides, robust thighs and rough and separated front legs. The feet must be firm and rounded, with hair on the toes. The head is a big and rounded, and the neck short, wide and muscular. The cheekbones are prominent; the nose, of a medium length and the eyes, big, rounded and slightly popped upward at the external ends. He has prominent ears, of a wide base, that end in rounded tips with abundant hair on them, there are situated a little bit to the outside.

The exterior hair is of a semi long length, with woolly under fur that doesn’t compress and an exterior hair that is silky and shiny. It must present breeches and collar in abundance.

An ideal specimen presents a hole in the coccyx, where the tail is suppose to be, but variations are also admitted, maybe because in this aspect is very difficult too reach perfection.

So, a slight elevation on the coccyx is accepted, always that there is no excessive trace of the tail, and the lack of a hole is not considered a defect.

It may seem surprising  that, having all these difficulties for breeding, they could develop an ample gamut of chromatic varieties of the Cymric.

The colors that are accepted are the following: white (with blue, copper or mismatched color of eyes), blue, black, red, cream, chinchilla, shaded silver, smoked black, tabby blotched and in the tiger like type in, silver, red, tortoise, blue tortoise, calico, blue calico  and bicolor.

Other colors and patterns are also admitted, save the Himalayan, chocolate and lilac.

The color of the eyes must combine with the prevailing color of the cloak.

The Cymric is calmed, intelligent and loving, but he usually prefers more one member of the family to the rest.

The hair doesn’t compress easily and it’s only necessary to brush him once a week to take the dead hair off.

As in the case of the Manx, its ability to climb doesn’t seem to be presented with the lack of tail.

He adapts well to a house and, if you give them activities and games that substitute the hunting, he won’t need to go out much.

As said before, the breeding is difficult and it’s best to leave it in expert hands.

Sometimes you can acquire whelps with tails of a different length, but due to the history of genetic problems within the race, it is important to have them examined by a veterinary before buying them.

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