Cat Breeds: The Cymric


Cymric cats are the longhaired version of Manx cats, a naturally occurring, tailless breed of cat that originated on the Isle of Man. It is speculated that the longer-haired cats descend from Norwegian Forest Cats who came to the island with King Mangus of Norway and interbred with local cats. “Cymru” is the real name of Wales, and “Cymric” means, simply, “Welsh,” although the breed has no connection with Wales.


The Cymric (pronounced kim’ rik) is a naturally occurring long-haired Manx. Except for the longer hair, they are identical to the Manx in appearance, temperament, and health. Accepted in all associations for championship, they are registered as Manx in most, including TICA and CFA.

The Manx is known as a “round” breed, high in the rear with their back forming a smooth arch from shoulders to hindquarters, and a round, sweet face. Cymric cats have either no tail at all, or just a hint of one. Cats with stubby or even the occasional full tail are not eligible to be shown in championship classes. Cats with tails, however, can be and are used in breeding programs, by breeders who understand the genetic mechanism by which the different tails are produced.


The Cymric, like the Manx, is an extraordinarily friendly, people-oriented cat who likes to leap and jump. They are, in fact, renowned jumpers, so prospective Cymric owners should be prepared.


As in the Manx, the gene which causes tailessness can also cause spinal, colon or urinary tract problems, as well as weakened hindquarters. Kittens should move easily without a hop to their gait, stand easily on all four feet, and have clean, dry hindquarters.


ACFA, AACE, TICA (as the Manx/Cymric), CFA (as the longhaired variety of the Manx)