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Originally from the Isle of Man, the Manx cat might seem placid and unenergetic at first sight but don’t be fooled by appearances. They adore getting active and running around or playing either by themselves or with their human friends. Although really sweet and approachable, the Manx cat might not feel very comfortable in the presence of large groups of people so it’s best to avoid such situations. 

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

Manx Cat Appearance 

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.  

Manx Cat 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 Fun Facts 

  • According to historians, King Edward VII was a big fan of the breed and often attended cat shows starring Manx cats. He is even said to have adopted two of them in 1902, having them live in his palace on the Isle of Man. 
  • A Manx cat called Mac Manc McManx is a character in the newspaper comic called ‘Get Fuzzy’ written by Darby Conley and depicting the adventures of a Siamese cat, a Labrador-Shar Pei cross and a human.  
  • Manx cats are also popular among book authors with Paul Gallico featuring one in his 1968 children’s novel called ‘Manxmouse: The Mouse Who Knew No Fear’. It tells the story of a creature called a Manx Mouse who is determined to take the reins of his destiny by facing the ominous Manx cat. 
  • The Meyers Manx dune buggy designed by Bruce Meyers was inspired by the Manx cat’s stubby and short body features. 


Is a Manx cat rare? 

Although it’s true that Manx cats are hard to find outside certified Manx breeders, they aren’t really that rare. All-white coloured Manxes, however, are very difficult, if not almost impossible, to find. 

Is a Manx cat a good pet? 

Yes, Manx cats make excellent pets due to their dog-like behaviour and affectionate and devoted demeanour. They’re also highly social and enjoy being around their owners and playing with them.  

Why do Manx cats have no tails? 

The lack of tails in Manx cats is due to the result of genetic mutation which might have been caused by the inbreeding of British Shorthairs on the Isle of Manx. However, not all Manx cats are tail-less. 

What is the life expectancy of a Manx cat? 

The Manx cat lifespan can extend to 14 years, but as each cat is different, it can vary depending on nutrition, lifestyle, and environment.