Cymrics were first documented on the Isle of Man in the late 1500s. They are most easily identified by their short, stubby tail or lack of one altogether. They are a long-haired version of the Manx, but their exact origins are a bit of a mystery. Some speculate the breed arrived on the Isle of Man with the Spanish Armada, while others believe they accompanied the first Viking settlers. One legend tells that a napping Manx awakened just as Noah was closing the door to the ark. The Manx slipped into the ark, but the door shut on it’s tail, severing it completely. A Cymric is a stocky and heavily boned medium-size cat with a round head, round rump and round eyes. Cymrics have a double coat of long hair that is thick and dense and comes in a variety of colors. When viewed standing, the hind end of a Cymric is higher than the front. The ears form a rocker shape on the head that can be viewed from behind. Cymrics are classed based on the appearance and length of their tails. Rumpies are considered the breed standard. They are completely tailless with a dimple at the base of the spine. Rumpy-risers have short, knob shaped tail. Stumpies, as the name implies, have a stump tail that is either curved or kinked. A Longie’s tail is about the same length as an average cat. Cymrics have a placid and sweet disposition. They are not easily upset and get along well with other animals. They are intelligent and fun-loving and can easily be taught to perform tricks. They are gentle and non-aggressive, and are highly regarded for their loyalty and companionship. Their playful temperament and tractable disposition make them ideal for families with children. Cymrics are powerful jumpers and also enjoy water. The gene that is responsible for the unique tail of a Cymric also makes the breed more susceptible to a variety of conditions that can be fatal. Kittens that inherit two copies of the tailless gene will die before birth. This accounts for 25 percent of all Cymric kittens. Kittens that inherit just one copy of the gene are susceptible to Manx Syndrome, which can lead to fused or gaped vertebrae, Spina Bifida and bladder or bowel dysfunctions. These problems will typically manifest within the first six months. Cymrics are voracious eaters and require a strict diet to avoid obesity.
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