Origin: Wales, Britain
Colour: All colours are acceptable, although some authorities reject colour-point patterns.
Similar to the Manx Cat. Confident, playful, intelligent, docile, friendly, alert, observant and relaxed. A good indoor cat.
Domestic Breed: The long-haired version of the Manx Cat. The name (pronounced kim-rick) is taken from the Celtic word for Wales (Cymru) and was given to the breed because Wales is close to the Isle of Man, just as the Cymric Cat is close to the Manx Cat. Some cat societies do not use the breed's Welsh name, however, preferring to call it simply the Longhair Manx.
Appearance: Exactly like the Manx Cat in every way except for the coat, which is long and thick. The woolly undercoat is even thicker than the outer coat. The texture of the fur has been compared with that of the Norwegian Forest Cat.
History: Long-haired kittens had been born to Manx Cat mothers on the Isle of Man on many occasions, but had always been discarded as unwanted variants. Then, in the mid-1960s, similar kittens born in Canada were treated with greater respect. They were carefully kept and developed as a separate breed. The driving force behind this project was Canadian cat breeder Althea Frahm, who first exhibited the cats as 'Manx Mutants', before they were given their own breed name. In 1976 a special group was formed to promote the breed, called the 'United Cymric Association'.
The earliest records that can be found for the showing of this breed are those from the American Cat Association (ACA), dating from late 1963.
Critics of the Cymric have suggested that it resulted from crosses between Manx Cats and Persians or Maine Coons, but there is no evidence to support this. Indeed, had these longhairs been involved in the cat's ancestry they would undoubtedly have altered its Manx conformation.
Personality: Similar to the Manx Cat. Confident, playful, intelligent, docile, friendly, alert, observant and relaxed. A good indoor cat.
Colour forms: All colours are acceptable, although some authorities reject colour-point patterns.
1984. Swantek, M. The Manx Cat. TFH, New Jersey. (See Chapter 14.)
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