- Name synonyms: Cymrian cat, Cymru, Cymric, Welsh cat, Longhair from the Isle of Man
- Country of origin: Canada
- The breed is obtained by crossing: bred from a Manx cat by selection from a litter of defective long-haired kittens
- native breed: No
- What felinological organization is recognized?: FIFe, CFA
- Year of origin of the breed: in the 1960s
- General form: Muscular, medium to large in size, have a strong bone structure, short and dense body, rounded croup
- The size: average
- Weight, kg: 3.5 to 5.5
- Wool: very thick, plush, medium length; longer and silkier on hind legs, belly and neck
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Cymrik is one of the most beautiful cats among all long-haired breeds. Some people associate them with plush toys. The charming appearance of these animals made them popular.
Cymric (Cymrian Welsh cat) bred in Canada. This breed was obtained through crossbreeding. The Cymrian is related to the Manx cat. The breed was obtained by selecting defective long-haired kittens from the Manx litter.
A key feature of the Cymrian is their taillessness, which is the result of a gene mutation. For the first time, it manifested itself in representatives of the cat family living on the Isle of Man (England). For a long time, no one recorded the birth of tailless cats. Due to the closed nature of the island, the animals did not have the opportunity to cross with other breeds. There was a consolidation of the mutation, as a result of which the number of such cats greatly increased.
Cats called Manx lived on the territory of the island, they began to have offspring with a long coat. In 1960, kittens without a tail came to Canada, where they quickly became popular. The official recognition of the Cymrian took place in 1976. But even today there are not many breeders working with this breed.
Cymriks are medium-sized cats, among them there are also large individuals. These are muscular animals with a strong bone structure and a short dense body. The croup of Cymrics is rounded, they weigh 3.5-5.5 kg.
Their body is covered with thick, plush fur. On the hind legs, in the neck and abdomen, it is longer and silkier. The Cymric has a well-developed undercoat.
Coloring is solid and smoky, there are also color-point and bicolor. Colors may vary.
The muzzle of the Cymric is large and rounded, the letter “M” is clearly distinguishable on the forehead.
The ears are set wide apart, wide at the base and tapering to rounded tips, medium in size.
The eyes are large – copper, green or blue.
The tail is short and almost invisible. An exceptionally rounded caudal cavity is palpable.
These are beautiful animals, which are usually divided into four groups according to the type of tail structure. The first group of Rampi does not have it at all. The second one, the Rampi-raiser, has a short stump with 1 to 3 vertebrae. The third group of Stumpy has a small tail with different creases – these are pets. The Longi group includes cats with tails docked by breeders.
The body of the Cymric is muscular but compact, complemented by powerful limbs. Thick and dense wool contributes to the visual increase in animals.
Character and behavior
Cymriks are sociable and friendly koshi. They are famous for their endurance and affectionate disposition. They are distinguished by a developed intellect. These are active and playful animals, demonstrating high devotion to their owners.
Cymrics are hunters by nature. Despite the fact that these cats have long been domesticated, the instincts that nature endowed them with have not disappeared anywhere. Nimble animals are great for private households, they can catch rats and mice. Demonstrate reactions to any activity.
Cymrics can exhibit dog-like behaviors. If someone “breaks” into the yard and the owners show concern, the cat may attack this person.
With the household, they demonstrate a sweet and balanced character. Often take part in household chores. These are smart, funny and extremely prudent animals. It takes time for them to let a stranger into their space.
A cat should be taught from childhood to contacts with other people, thanks to which it will grow up sociable. With it, you can go for walks and even take it with you on trips.
Cymriks feel great in cars. This breed is well suited to people who move frequently.
If the owners go somewhere, they can safely leave the Cymric in the company of other pets, provided that they are not aggressive. Otherwise, the battle for leadership will begin.
The Cymric enjoy spending time with children, but it can be detrimental to older animals. Representatives of this breed demonstrate excellent jumping ability, which makes them similar to rabbits. Curiosity does not allow them to stay in one place for a long time. These animals always try to occupy a point from which a good view opens.
Owners are encouraged to install “cat” trees for pets. If the cat has somewhere to climb, it will not harm the furniture and wallpaper.
The Cymric also like water, just like the Manx. Allegedly, this quality is fixed at the level of genes, and is explained by the island origin of cats.
Advantages and disadvantages
The advantages of the breed include:
good hunting qualities (catch rats and mice);
These animals make good companions.
The lack of Cymrics is associated with their taillessness, which often causes the development of diseases.
Maintenance and care
Kimrikov can be kept in private households and apartments. The degree of difficulty in caring for these animals is medium. They need to be combed twice a week with a brush or comb with iron teeth.
The owner must make sure that the cat has a house or a bed. The cat will also need toys, a scratching post, bowls, and a harness with a leash. If the cat will live in an apartment, you will also need a harness with a leash.
The tray is placed in a secluded corner, for example, in a bathroom. And the house is in the room where the owner is most often located. Cymrics like to be close to the owner. Not far from the couch, you can place a scratching post.
Cymriks are distinguished by unpretentiousness in nutrition. For their feeding, ready-made feed or natural food is used. The main condition is that nutrition should be balanced and varied.
With store feeds, problems in this regard usually do not arise. Cats get the amount of proteins they need with fats and vitamins with minerals.
It is recommended to follow the opinion of professional breeders. They believe that Cymrics need to buy at least premium food. This is due to the fact that budget ones contain artificial additives with dyes and cereals. These ingredients are harmful to the health of cats.
The choice of the option with a natural diet does not mean that the animal can be fed with leftovers from the table.
Preference should be given to raw and boiled offal, beef, chicken, turkey. Pork is contraindicated. Cymrikam can eat cereals, vegetables, sea fish.
Health and disease
Cymric susceptibility to disease is due to their heredity. Kittens are often born with a split spine, problems with the urinary and reproductive systems. This breed is prone to urolithiasis, kidney dysfunction. In older animals, digestion and joint flexibility may be disturbed.
It is very important to follow the vaccination schedule so that the pet does not have health problems. The average life expectancy of Cymrics is 12-16 years.