Manx Cat:Cat Breed Profile

Manx Cat

The Manx cat is a cat that has the particularity of not having a tail. Note that the mid-long haired Manx is called Cymric. In addition, it comes in 4 types: the rumpy, the rumpy-riser, the stumpy, and the longy which, for its part, has an almost entire tail.

In competitions, only the first 2 types are accepted. Its behavior is perfect for family and community life. It’s viscerally attached to Its master, whom It will not hesitate to protect by being on Its guard in front of strangers.

It can live in the indoors exclusively or have a little corner of greenery outside. Its health is excellent and Its maintenance almost zero.

History of the breed

The Isle of Man, located between England and Ireland, is often known to be a tax haven. What is less known, is that this is the land of origin of  The Manx. It comes from natural selection and displays a characteristic of its own: the absence of a tail. We owe it in particular to the natural inbreeding cross between British Shorthairs.

The Manx cat took part in American exhibitions In 1883.  King Edward VIII owned several in the 1920s. The Manx is very successful across the Atlantic, but has more difficulty in establishing itself in Europe, where some detractors even wanted to see it disappear.

Physical features

  • Its body: The Manx features a cobby-sized body. It’s compact, thick, muscular, and powerful. It is rather tall. An arch is visible at the level of his back since he has a rounded body. The framework is also very powerful and marked. Note also that its rear legs are longer than its front legs.
  • Its coat: The Manx has a short coat. It is provided and silky. Its undercoat is double and resembles that of a rabbit. Its hair looks more like a wool carpet. Its mid-long haired variant is called Cymric.
  • Its color: The Manx standard is not difficult since it accepts and tolerates all known colors and assemblies.
  • Its head: It is wide and round. Its contours are well rounded. The cheeks are full. The skull itself descends with a concave curve. Its nose is short and wide. The stop is very little marked even if it is allowed. Note powerful jowls in males.
  • Its eyes: They are round, fairly large in size, and set wide apart. The color matches that of the dress. The standard prefers bright, intense tones.
  • Its ears: The ears of the Manx are broad at the base and fairly medium in size or even small. They are placed so as to respect the roundness of the head.
  • Its tail: It’s missing!

Behavior and Character

The Manx is a very endearingloving, and loyal cat. It does not hesitate to play the role of a protective cat and can be suspicious, even aggressive towards strangers. Its character is balanced.

It cannot do without Its master or a human presence. In case of absence, It will feel very well surrounded by congeners or a dog for example. It appreciates the presence of children, with whom It can play, but also that of elderly people.

It simply must receive affection, which It claims. This is a very intelligent cat, who does not hesitate to reproduce the gestures of its owner. It can open a door or turn a tap. Finally, it must be activated on a daily basis. It’s a cat who loves to climb and have fun.

Living Conditions

The Manx is more of an indoor cat, although It will appreciate a garden so that It can show off Its hunting skills. It enjoys spending time in the company of Its master, and an apartment will do just fine.

Above all, It must have access to essential accessories for Its well-being, Its development, and for Its daily physical activity.

Health & Maintenance

The Manx has excellent health, but its particularity can also have its weakness: the absence of a tail. It’s said to be the  Manx syndrome. This genetic “defect” can cause certain unfortunate consequences in certain subjects: developmental problems, malformation.

Manx kittens even die at birth. In addition, it should be vaccinated against the usual diseases that can affect cats: rabies, typhus, leucosis and coryza.

Hypoallergenic Breed: No

The life expectancy of a Manx is between 15 and 20 years.

Its shiny coat does not need to be groomed since the Manx does it very well on Its own. On the other hand, it should be brushed regularly enough to allow it to retain its softness.

Its maintenance is limited to weekly brushing, sometimes 2 at most. In addition, Its eyes and ears may be checked from time to time to prevent any development of infection.

Like many cats, the Manx should have meat in their diet. Human food is recommended initially. In addition to meat, it must be able to absorb all the nutrients essential for its good health.

We can therefore add high-quality croquettes, of vegetables or starches to its diet. Note that in the case of overeating, the Manx tends to grow quite easily. Obesity is therefore not far off.

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About Amanda

Passionate about animals, Amanda draws her expertise from her training as an educator, pet behaviorist as well as her extensive experience with animal owners. A specialist in dog and cat behavior, Amanda continues to learn about our four-legged companions by studying veterinary reference books but also university research sites (UCD, Utrecht, Cambridge, Cornell, etc..)

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