Kimrick or the Wales cat is an original tailless breed that associations have not wanted to recognize for a long time. They were called only a kind of manks with the only difference in the length of the coat. Through the efforts of breeders, the breed was recognized, but in view of its features, it did not become popular. There are only a few breeders involved in their breeding.
History of breed origin
Perhaps, it is worth starting with the fact that the Kimryk and Manx breeds are the closest relatives with a rich history, which they share in two. On the Isle of Man, tailless cats have been found for over 400 years. They have become almost a tourist attraction, with their image they even mint a coin. It is believed that cats "flawed" were brought to the British Isles from the Far East by sailors in the 16th century. Over time, their population has increased significantly, cats have somewhat altered, but their characteristic feature - the absence of a tail - has remained unchanged. The breed was called menx. As for kimrik, it is not so famous and popular, since it was officially recognized only in the 60-70s of the last century.
In the middle of the last century, along with the short-haired Manxes, they began to exhibit their long-haired variety. These cats took part in many shows, and Canadian breeders drew attention to them, especially Leslie Foltseyk and Blay Welch. They began to seek recognition of the new breed and the provision of its champion status. In 1976, the organization LovebunnyCatery allowed these cats to participate in the championship under the own name kimrik. And by 1990, five more American associations recognized the breed.
The name of the breed, like that of the Manx, reflects its historical homeland: Wales in Welsh "Cymru. "
Kimrick descended from Manx cats, therefore, outwardly, in character and even tail genetics, they are very similar to each other. It can be said that the kimrik breed was born naturally. Despite this, breeding it was quite difficult due to the lack of targeted breeding work in the early stages of the breed and the genetic anomalies that the tailless gene entails.
Video: kitten breed Kimrik
Breed Description and Standards
Kimrik is a tailless breed of long-haired cats that externally have a strong physique and a rounded head shape with well-defined cheeks. They are strong and active with beautiful, clear eyes and a magnificent shiny fur coat. The size of the cats is average, but due to their physique, they are much heavier than it might seem.
Kimrick develops quite slowly, it can reach its full size, as well as the brightness of color and eye color only by 5 years.
Head and face
The head is rounded with well prominent cheeks, a little less in width than in length. The forehead is rounded. Pads for vibrissae are well defined. There should be a slight indentation in the profile on the nose. Ears are wide at the base with rounded tips, can be with a brush. Set far apart and tilted out. The eyes are large, wide open, set a little obliquely. Eye color should be combined with coat color.
Kimrick has a fairly wide chest and strong forelimbs. The shape of the short back is more like an arc that stretches from the shoulders to the back. The hips are muscular and rounded with a low groin line. The limbs of kimrik have a heavy build. The front legs are short and widely spaced, due to which the roundness of the chest beautifully looms. Hind legs longer with heavy legs. The length of the hind limbs lifts the croup, which looks like a cat is always ready to jump. If you look at the hind legs from behind, they are straight. Paws are strong, rounded.
Varieties of tails at kimrika
The fact that kimriki belong to tailless cats does not mean that they cannot have a tail at all. There are "stumps" and full-fledged tails. Depending on the length, they are called differently:
- Dimple rumpy-tail is completely absent. A depression is noted on the back of the spinal column, that is, at the place where the tail begins in other breeds. A minimal protrusion is allowed, which is barely noticeable;
- Riser - a short ponytail of several vertebrae, often hidden under the hair;
- Stumpy - a short tail (shorter than a normal cat);
- Tailed or longy - the usual length of the tail.
The main difference between kimrik and the original Manx breed is double, heavy and shiny coat, medium length. It is silky and delicate to the touch, has a fine texture. The coat should always look shiny and healthy. Cats have lush tanks, and their frill reaches the shoulders, forming a beautiful bib on the chest. The length of the coat increases towards the back of the body and smoothly drops. In this case, the hair on the stomach, on the pants and frill is longer than the wool on the body. Brushes on the ears and small tufts of hair between the fingers are desirable.
The standard for kimrik allowed all colors except chocolate, lavender, color point and their combination with white.
The ancestors of kimrik were wonderful mousetraps, these cats, together with independence and adaptability to different conditions, modern cats have not lost. They can stand up for themselves and will defend their own territory, therefore, at the slightest extraneous sounds, the cat will react quickly and may even show aggression.
With loved ones, kimrik will be affectionate and gentle. In a familiar environment, he is a balanced and calmly playful cat. Kimrick is strongly attached to the owner, will follow on his heels and show interest in household chores. The kitten kimrik easily adapts to environmental conditions, easily tolerates moving or changing families, if necessary. Kimrik is equally suitable for both large families and single people.
As for intellectual abilities, the kimrik is not deprived of them. He quickly learns the rules of behavior, and if desired, the owner can even master a few tricks. The kimrik will use her extraordinary mind for personal purposes, if necessary, learn how to open doors or lockers.
Maintenance and care
Kimrick adapts well to life in an apartment, but it is better if he has the opportunity to often walk on the street and hunt in the grass, for example, for insects. During walks, these cats should be protected from jumping from a height. The developmental features of the hind limbs made the Kimonick not the best dart frog, and the often boasted cat landing on four legs was often beyond their strength. Even their run is special, outwardly it strongly resembles a rabbit run, that is, its run is wide jumps.
Cohabiting with other pets
With other pets, kimrik is more likely to be neutral. Although it is worth saying that with friendly dog breeds, these cats often find a common language and even play together. Small rodents, birds, or fish living in the house are usually watched from the side, but it is better not to leave the predator and the potential prey alone.
Difficulties in breeding are one of the reasons why kimrik did not gain well-deserved popularity. A pair of absolutely tailless can not have offspring, a genetic mutation leads to the death of embryos or the birth of non-viable kittens.
Tailless cats can only be crossed with tailed cats.
But this does not end there. It is very difficult to find a suitable pair for Cimrick, such that kittens born from the union meet all breed standards. In addition to interbreeding, crossing with male cats is allowed.
At first glance, it may seem that the long hair of cats requires daily combing. But, with proper balanced nutrition, Kimrik’s hair will always be neat, and comb it enough 1-2 times a week, while you need to accustom to combing from an early age - adults can protest against this procedure. Cats are well aware of the purpose of the claws, and will never sharpen their claws on any other piece of furniture. But again, this is provided that the kitten will be accustomed to it from a young age.
Kimrik is not picky about food, but given the fact that among large breeders, especially foreign ones, industrial feed is common, modern representatives of the breed are perfectly adapted to them and do not need natural nutrition. The activity of kimrik needs to be supported by balanced, nutritious nutrition, and in order for the fur coat to be shiny, it is necessary to provide it with the necessary vitamins and minerals.
Choosing the optimal food, take into account the age category and physiological state of the animal (castration, lactation, pregnancy). In addition, it is important to pay attention to the labeling according to the level of energy consumption, which is individual for each animal (even one breed).
Health and Life Expectancy
Proper and balanced nutrition allows you to maintain their excellent state of health and beautiful appearance. But, the structural features of the spine and taillessness left their mark, and in some cases entail various kinds of genetic abnormalities. Some inherited diseases of Kimrique are inherited from other breeds.
- Tailbone atrophy in cats with partial tails;
- Progressive corneal dystrophy often develops at the age of 4 months and invariably leads to blindness;
- Manx syndrome involves a collection of birth defects, which may include pathologies of the development of the spine, urinary tract, intestines and, as a result, digestive problems. Unfortunately, this genetic abnormality affects about 20% of cats and appears from 4-5 months of age.
- This breed is more vulnerable to various kinds of neurological disorders.
Kimriks for a long time were formed by natural selection, their immune system is quite strong, but this does not save the owners from the need to carry out planned veterinary and preventive measures. Life expectancy is 8-14 years.
Kitten selection and price
It is quite problematic to find kittens of the Cimrick breed, because they are rare not only in Russia and neighboring countries, but in the rest of the world. In the USA, kennels set prices individually for each kitten, on average they vary between 200-400 dollars.
When choosing such an unusual and expensive kitten, you should be very careful. It is likely that taillessness is the result of trauma or amputation, and the seller is an ordinary fraudster. It should also be understood that the cost of a good kimrik cannot be symbolic, and the pedigree must be registered at least until the fifth generation.
If kittens are born with a long tail, then breeders can stop it in order to quickly find new owners for the babies.
Given the possibility of manifestation of Manx’s syndrome in kittens from the age of 4 months, babies are in no hurry to take home earlier than six months of age, and also not making sure that the baby is healthy and does not have a developmental pathology.
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