Cymric cat and kittens breed review

Posted by Trixie. December 19th 2015.

Cymric cats are very similar to Manx cats, so much so that until the 1970s, the breed was widely recognised as Longhaired Manx.

The name arises from Cymru – which is Welsh for Wales – but the species’ bloodline originated in the Isle of Man.

Size and appearance

Cymric cats are medium to large animals they weigh between 3kg and 5kg. They are compact and sturdy-looking, with a rounded appearance, which is emphasised by the long hair.

Generally, Cymric cat tails appear in four variations. Some are born with no tails, but have a dimple at the base of the spine, known as “the rumpy”.

Some kittens are born with a short knob of a tail and these are called “rumpy-risers”.

Some have a short tail, about a third of a normal tail length and these are known as “stumpies”, while some Cymrics are born with normal, full-length tails.

In cat shows, the rumpy is commonly the most valued.

The history of the Cymric cat is a short one, dating back to the 1970s PICTURE : Stanton McCandlish


Cymrics are playful but not overly demanding of attention.

The coat can be easily cared for with combing a couple of times each week.

Like most cats, Cymrics pride themselves on good hygiene so you will need to keep the litterbox spotlessly clean.

Cymrics should generally be regarded as indoor cats.

Temperament and behaviour

Cymrics get along well with other pets, including dogs. They are intelligent and love to play.

A very loyal cat, Cymrics love being around their owners and many enjoy being taught new tricks.

They are good jumpers and, like their Manx cousins, are fascinated by water.


Cymrics are generally healthy but some diseases have been found in the breed.

Cats with partial tails are susceptible to arthritis and Manx syndrome, which see problems with the spine, urinary tract defects and problems with digestion.

This is most common in rumpies and is usually apparent when the Cymric kitten is four to six months old.

The lifespan of a Cymric cat is between eight and 14 years.

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