Pronounced KIM-rick or KUM-rick, the cymric is best known for its strange yet striking appearance. Whether the lack of tail or unique coat draws attention to this breed, cymrics are gaining popularity outside of just those in the know.
History of the Cymric
The origin of the cymric is almost as interesting and unusual as the breed itself. Myths claim that the breed was first discovered in the Isle of Man in the Irish Sea, located between England and Ireland. Since the Isle was previously unknown for being home to domestic cat species, historians and fans of the breed alike have speculated as to just how the cymric arrived in such a random location. The most common belief is that the breed was introduced to the area by some form of trade, whether it be Phoenicians or Vikings, although historical documents regarding the breed are yet to be uncovered.
The translation of the breed’s name fails to offer much in the terms of history. While it’s widely believed that these felines did most likely originate in the Isle of Man, the name actually speaks of Celtic decent. Cymric is derived from cymru, the Celtic name for Wales.
Appearance of the Cymric
Considered a semi-long-haired version of the popular manx breed, the cymric is best known for its surprisingly thick and somewhat textured coat. While the cymric is categorized as a semi-long-hair by most breed associations, its fur is actually much shorter than that of most other breeds in this category. No particular markings are associated with the breed and all colors and patterns may be present.
The vast majority of cymric cats are born completely tail-less. Kittens born with full or even “bobbed” or “stumped” tails are not considered show quality according to breed associations.
Watching a cymric in action is perhaps one of the more entertaining aspects of the breed, as these cats have a very particular and unmistakable gait. This is due to the fact that the rear legs are noticeabley longer than the front legs, which creates a balance and style of walking somewhat similar to that of a rabbit.
Personality of the Cymric
The most admirable quality of the cymric breed is its unmatched loyalty to its human companions. This extreme loyalty is known to sometimes causes problems such as over-dependence and separation anxiety issues.
The breed is very social and known to typically get along moderately well with other pets, often playing fetch and picking up tricks as quickly as certain dog breeds.
Although an affectionate lap-cat at times, the cymric is considered a highly active breed. While this does not mean that cymrics must be strictly outdoor pets, the breed does require plenty of room for play, as well as various sources of stimulation, such as games and the constant presence of toys.
When all aspects of the cymric’s personality are combined, it becomes quite clear that the breed is an ideal choice for a family pet. Loyal, social, playful and affectionate, it’s no surprise that the cymric has gained such popularity in recent years.