This cat with the name of Celtic origin, the Cymric cat, to be pronounced "cumric", it is a little known feline in Italy but with a very appreciable appearance because of its coat and more. Let's find out what are its peculiarities and its character.
Cymric cat: description
One of the first characteristics that can be noticed when encountering this feline is theabsence of the tail. It is not a matter of a mistake or a cruel owner who amputated it, it is due to a genetic mutation that this cat is devoid of it and does not miss it very much. Another interesting aspect is the volume of the coat. In fact, the hair of the Cymric cat it turns out to be particularly soft and compact and makes this animal look much bigger than it really is.
The coat can be of any color except those that derive from hybridization like Chocolate, Lilac and colorpoint or one of these with white. We can find cloaks of only one color - white, black, blue, red and cream - two others - Tabby and Tabby with white, the Tipped; the Chichilla, the Silver Shaded, the Tabby and Smoke. There are, although rarer, also gods Cymric cats with three colors and the Tortie.
Cymric cat: standard
We continue to discover the appearance of this cat by going through it breed standard, a breed with semi-long and defined hair of medium size.
The bone structure is quite robust and wrapped in one powerful musculature. The appearance of the body is compact and somewhat stocky. The chest is broad, the rump is a little higher than usual and the hips are very wide, even compared to any other breed. The head has a medium size, in harmony with the body, and a rounded but slightly elongated shape. The cheeks protrude a little, the stop is not too pronounced, the muzzle is strong and the forehead is rounded.
The eyes stand out with their circular shape: they are large and slightly oblique of variable color depending on the nuances of the coat. Looking at a Cymric in profile you can see that the nose is a little inclined and the chin sturdy. The ears emerge from the head, also rounded and spaced apart, pointing outwards.
The gait of this cat is conditioned by the fact that the front legs they are shorter than the rear ones, but can move with the agility that all cats have, leaning on round feet in proportion to its size, even without the tail.
As in all descriptions of breed standard, we also find defects not admissible by purists. Here are a few. For example, this cat must not have any bones or cartilage that stop the judge's hand when he palms the cat from back to rump. He must not have difficulty standing and walking correctly. Incorrect number of fingers or a hybrid color coat can also be a problem. The coat can be of various colors except that of hybridization, it is of medium length and very soft, complete with undercoat, and becomes longer passing from the head to the back.
Cymric cat: kittens
When a cat of this breed is pregnant, she usually gives birth a few babies at a time. This feature is linked to the same gene that causes the absence of the tail, it is a semi-lethal gene and therefore potentially dangerous for the unborn. If they are homozygous and have inherited from both parents the mutated gene, die in the womb of the mother early in fetal development. The other puppies, as they inherit only one tailless gene (the mutated one), survive and grow peacefully.
This genetic problem creates problems for breeders who, in order to preserve the breed, tend to cross subjects without a tail with others who have it. Bound to the tail gene there are some health problems that can plague this cat. For example, he may struggle to walk due to weakness in the hind limbs, he may have problems with the evacuation of stool. To avoid serious illness i Cyrmic they must never be paired with each other.
Cymric cat: origin
This breed is of US origin, it was selected from Manx, which has short hair, and then brought to Europe via Great Britain in the 1930s. To give kittens Cymric Manx must be chosen carefully because they must both possess the recessive longhair trait genes to give rise to longhair kittens.
Cymric cat: character
Playful and sociable, this cat is very outgoing and lively, loves to move and interact with those around him. At home he fits, welcomes guests and is very affectionate. Its owners have to take care especially of its coat which needs to be brushed with a brush or a comb twice a week.
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