Manx Cat: Facts & Trivia

The Manx cat originates from the Isle of Man and is one of the oldest known breeds having been recognized as a distinct breed since the late 1800s. They are known for being tailless, round, and intelligent with sweet voices.

Manx Appearance: 

Manx cats are medium sized weighing 7-13 pounds (3.2-5.9 kg). These cats have a short, silky double coat that requires more grooming than most cats. They come in almost all colors and patterns, including black, white, blue, red cream brown, calico, solid, tortoiseshell among others.Their back legs are longer than their front legs. 

Not all Manx cats are tailless. A tailless Manx is known as a rumpy. Rumpy risers have a tail of three fused vertebrae and characteristically these cats’ tail lift as you pet them. Finally, there are the longys whose tails are still a little shorter than normal cats. This unusual tail is the result of a natural mutation. 

Manx cats are round, they have round head, round bodies, round eyes and round rumps. These cats are heavy boned and stocky. Manx are originally from the Isle of Man an island between England and Ireland. 

Manx cats have a lifespan of 8-14 years.

Manx Temperament: 

Manx cats become very attached to their owners. Some attach specifically to one person in the family, but others attach to the whole family. Manx have agile paws and are good at breaking into cupboards, and opening doors.

Despite their round appearance and lack of tail these are agile cats and good mousers. They enjoy solving puzzles and enjoy this type of toy. 

These cats are said to have very sweet trilling voice. 

Other: The mutation that gives the Manx his short tail can be deadly, if the cat receives two copies of this recessive gene. These cats die before birth. About a quarter of Manx that are conceived receive two copies of this gene, as a result the litters of Manx are smaller than most cats. 

This breed is recognized by all major organizations.
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