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Manx

The Manx cat is famous for their lack of a tail however this attractive, round-faced cat actually comes in a tailed variety (known as a stumpy) as well as the tailless type (rumpy). Whether Rumpy or Stumpy, the Manx is a cobby, muscular and compact cat with short powerful legs. The Manx is built ‘downhill’ with the hind-legs slightly longer than the fore-legs, and has a double coat consisting of a short thick under-coat and a slightly longer over-coat. Tailless Manx should have a rounded rump with absolutely no tail at all, the tailed variety may have a short stumpy tail or anywhere up to a full-length tail. 

The need-to-know
  • Great for first-time cat owners
  • Enjoys playing games and is active at home
  • Playful and curious cat
  • Sociable and dependent cat
  • Slightly talkative cat
  • Average build cat breed
  • Requires grooming once a week
  • Needs extensive outdoor space
  • Great family cat
  • Can be left alone all day
  • Can cope with a busy household
This breed has a higher risk of health issues

The lack of a tail is a severe genetic defect and the Manx cat's 'deformed' spine may damage the spinal cord and affect nerves to important organs as well as increasing the chance of arthritis developing from an early age. In some cats the anal passage may be narrowed and this can cause bowel blockages.

Key Facts

Lifespan: 8 - 14 years
Weight:  3.6 - 5.4kg
Colours:  Coats come in any colour or combination of colour and markings, except the Siamese pattern. 

Ratings

Family-friendly: 23/5
Playfulness: 3/5
Intelligence: 4/5
Tendency to Vocalise:  2/5
Likes Other Pets: 2/5
Grooming needs: 2/5
Shedding: 3/5
Manx cat is lying on the floor

Personality

Social, gregarious and affectionate with people and other pets they know, the Manx cat can be more aloof with strangers. The Manx has a long history as a working cat, expected to pay their way by mousing and ratting, and the modern Manx cat is perfectly capable of fulfilling this role today, with some Manx cats being particularly feisty and keen on their ‘outdoor pursuits’. 

Manx cat is getting ready for dinner

History and Origins

Country of Origin: Isle of Man, UK

Manx cats originate from the Isle of Man, where the dominant gene that causes the tailless appearance eventually meant most of the island’s cat population either were tailless or carried the gene. 

There are many myths surrounding the Manx cat’s appearance, some suggest that Noah closed the Ark doors too quickly, chopping off the tail. Others say that the Manx arrived with the Spanish Armada in 1588, swimming ashore from the wrecked galleons, although there is no evidence a Spanish Galleon was ever wrecked there. Whatever the truth, Manx have been recorded since the early 1800’s and were one of the first breeds registered by the Cat Fanciers Association, in 1906.