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Variety of the Manx breed from the Isle of Man

By: Kelly Caldwell


These fluffy cuties are actually a variety of the Manx breed. They love people and need lots of daily attention.

Cymric CatHistory

The Cymric originated on the Isle of Man, developing out of the already-established Manx. The only true difference between a Cymric and a Manx is the length of their fur. Some institutions won’t even refer to this breed as a Cymric: they’ll simply call them the long-haired Manx. They became officially recognized by the Cat Fancier’s Association in 1994.

Appearance and Markings

The Cymric boasts a medium to long, dense fur coat. He’s a muscular, medium to large cat with a rounded appearance. Contrary to popular belief, four different tail types are produced, ranging from tailless (typically called rumpys) to fully-tailed. They can be just about any colour, solid or mixed, and have dexterous paws that he often uses to open doors.

Behaviour and Temperament

Cymric catThese feline protectors make excellent watch-cats. They’re great hunters and are always on the lookout for suspicious behaviour. They can be on their feet in seconds, growling and protecting their family, but as long as they see that you aren’t concerned they’ll calm down and return to playing or lounging. This isn’t to say that they aren’t affectionate. In fact, they’ll carry on a conversation with their humans in a quiet trill or follow them around the house, wanting to be a part of whatever is going on. They are also highly intelligent, needing lots of stimulation in the way of puzzle toys to keep them from getting bored.

What is unique about Cymrics is that they are fascinated by water and have been known to take a swim now and then. Having a water fountain rather than just a bowl is ideal for these guys. Because of their intelligence level, Cymrics are excellent with boundaries and will typically follow any rules you put in place for them.

Kaneli submitted by Saija Melander

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