Cymric Cat

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Cymric can be described as a breed of domestic cat. Some cat registries consider the Cymric simply a semi-long-haired variety of the Manx breed, rather than a separate breed. Except for the length of fur, in all other respects the two varieties are the same, and kittens of either sort may appear in the same litter.

In the breed of Cymrics, four different tail types are produced. The “rumpy” is the most valued for cat show purposes, and is the only show cat type in some organizations. This is a cat born entirely tailless.

Instead, rumpies often have a dimple at the base of the spine where the tail would be. Next, there are “rumpy-risers”. These cats have a short knob of tail that is made up of one to three vertebrae connected to the spine. “Stumpies” have a short tail stump, up to about 1/3 of a normal tail length. Finally, “longies” or “fully tailed” have tails as long or almost as long as an ordinary cat’s.

Brush the teeth to prevent periodontal disease. Daily dental hygiene is best, but weekly brushing is better than nothing. Wipe the corners of the eyes with a soft, damp cloth to remove any discharge.

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A Cymric has other distinguishing characteristics as well, including a round head with large round eyes, a stout, powerful body with a broad chest, short back and broad, round rear end, short front legs and long hind legs with muscular thighs.

The long rear legs give him the appearance of a rabbit and may be the source of the “cabbit” myth. The Cymric has a long, soft, silky double coat that comes in many different colors, including various solids, tabbies, tortoiseshells and calicos.

Chocolate and lavender colors and the pointed Himalayan pattern are not permitted. The coat gradually lengthens from the shoulders, and the fur on the neck ruff, upper rear legs (known as breeches) and belly is usually longer than that on the rest of the body. The neck ruff goes around the shoulders and forms what looks like a bib on the chest.

Not every Cymric is completely tailless. On a completely tailless Cymric, no protuberance can be felt. These cats are called rumpies. Some Cymric are called Stumpies as these cats have a small stump of a tail.

Others are called rumpy risers because when your hand goes down around the rump, it causes the small tail to rise. As a rumpy riser ages, this little tail may be covered by a fat pad and will no longer rise when petted. Some Cymric kittens are born with full tails, and some are born with half tails.

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