Manx Breed Summary
Affectionate, Even-tempered, Playful
Despite what this cat lacks in a tale, surprisingly this doesn’t affect their jumping skills! Even without a long tail for balance, the Manx is a powerful jumper and they also enjoy accelerating around the home!
These cats are a friendly, affectionate breed that are both gentle and playful. While some Manx give all their affection to one person, others are loving towards the whole family, including children – they’ll even carry on a conversation with their humans with their sweet trilling voice. Manx cats are best suited to a home with people who will shower them with love and tend to their lovely coat once a week.
Fun Fact: The Manx is the only cat bred to be tail-free!
|8 – 14 years
|Height (at the withers)
|Males and Females: 25cm – 30cm
|Males and Females: 3kg – 5kg
|Short/long haired, thick double-layered coat
|White, blue, black, red, cream, silver, tortoiseshell, bluecream, brown
|Amber, copper, green, gold, hazel, orange, yellow
|Common health issues
|Arthritis, corneal dystrophy, manx syndrome
As this cat began life as a mouser, they still retain their natural hunting skills and alert nature. You won’t need a watchdog in your house with this ‘watchcat’ around! They’re quick to react to the sight or sound of anything out of the ordinary. When they’re not looking after their family and home, these cats are generally even-tempered and loving cats that enjoy peaceful environments.
Due to their fondness for people, this happy cat likes to follow their favourite human through the house and to be involved in anything they’re up to. Typing at your laptop? A Manx might ‘help’ you by sitting on the keys. Relaxing on the sofa? Expect to find your Manx jumping up into your lap, ready for a comfy nap.
This is one smart kitty, and they're quick to learn tricks such as fetch and to come when called, they can even be walked on a lead if taught early on. Unlike a lot of cats, this breed is more understanding of boundaries and will usually respect your wishes if you tell them ‘no’ for jumping on or scratching something they shouldn’t.
The true origin of the Manx probably has more to do with trading ships than an ark. Sailors traveling from Phoenicia to Japan may have picked up corkscrew tailed cats on their journey and brought them back to the ship to use as mousers (rather than with the intention of importing a new cat breed).
Although their origin isn’t completely set in stone, records date the Manx to 1750 or later. The breed may have originated on the Isle of Man or even hitched a ride to the island on a ship. The island became known for their tailless cats, which, funnily enough, is how they got their name! They were some of the first cats represented at some of the first cat shows held in the UK and they were the one of the founding breeds of the Cat Fanciers Association in 1906. However, it wasn’t until 1979 that the Manx was recognised by The International Cat Association and they’re now recognised by many more associations.