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Manx Breed Summary

Affectionate, Even-tempered, Playful

The Manx cat – who take their name from where they were first found, the Isle of Man – is known for many reasons, one of which being their lack of tail! Another famous features of theirs is their general roundness; these cats have a round head, round eyes, and even a round behind! And while some think all Manx are without tails, some do have small stumps that are made up of varying length of vertebrae fused at the end of their spine.

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!

Lifespan 8 – 14 years
Height (at the withers) Males and Females: 9.8in – 11.8in
Weight Males and Females: 6.6lb – 11lb
Coat Short/long haired, thick double-layered coat
Color White, blue, black, red, cream, silver, tortoiseshell, bluecream, brown
Eye color Amber, copper, green, gold, hazel, orange, yellow
Common health issues Arthritis, corneal dystrophy, manx syndrome
Other Names Stubbin, Rumpy
The Manx is a calm, sweet cat that’s loyal and affectionate towards their people.

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 favorite 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.

As one of the oldest known cat breeds, the Manx has many colorful legends surrounding the origin of this breed. Purr-haps the most interesting but least genetically accurate involves Noah and the Ark! The story goes that when Noah called all the animals into the ark, the Manx was taking a nap. Just as Noah was closing the door of the ark, the Manx dashed in – making it just in time, well mostly! Noah accidentally closed the door on the Manx's tail, cutting it off completely. Another tale is that the breed came from a Spanish Armada ship that sank off the coast of the Isle of Man in 1588.

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 recognized by The International Cat Association and they’re now recognized by many more associations.