Manx

Energy & Playfulness
Affection & Handling
Likes To Be Alone
Vocal
Intelligence
Health
Grooming & Shedding
Kid Friendly
Other Pets

Size

Eye Color

Fur 

Male: 8-12lbs
Female: 8-12lbs
Amber, Copper, Green, Gold, Hazel, Orange, Yellow
Short, Long
Straight

Colors

Patttern

Longevity

White, Blue, Black, Red, Cream, Silver, Tortoiseshell, Bluecream, Brown
Solid color, Tortoiseshell, Bicolor, Tricolor/Calico, Tabby, Ticking, Smoke, Shaded
9-13 Years

History

The cat without a tail. While the list of breeds with tiny tails or no tails at all is decently long, the Manx is the only cat that is bred to have no-tail. Much like the Cymric, which also hails from the remote Isle of Man, this is a result of a genetic mutation that was intensified by having no access to other cats with tails in this region of the United Kingdom.

It’s not known whether the cats were born there or arrived via ship and spread across the islands, but the Isle of Man has become known for its large population of tailless cats. The Max is recognized by most cat breed associations in North America.

Personality

The Manx was originally a working cat and it hasn’t lost it touch or ability to hunt and stay alert. Many owners have mentioned that their Manx will react with defensive guard-like behaviors at strange noises and things that look out of place.

The Manx is mellow when not alerted into their natural predatory behaviors. As long as you don’t appear to be alarmed or frightened, he’ll stay even keel and relaxed. The Manx enjoys following his favorite person down and around the house to “help” and assist you. This isn’t to suggest that they are nosy, but they really enjoy protecting their owners like the Secret Service enjoys protecting the president.

They Manx has been known to enjoy his fair share of laps, but if no lap is available, they will happily curl up on the sofa or bed next to you.

Manx can be trained to be more friendly if they are exposed to lots of people as a kitten. If you socialize them to strangers, they should have no problem meeting strangers and guests in adulthood with a healthy headbutt.

The Manx is easily trained to respect no go areas like furniture, counters and tables. It’s best to provide them with an alternative fun solution.

Health

Any cat can have ailments that are related to any cat regardless of breed. It's important to always consult with your breeder about genetic concerns. The Manx is a generally healthy cat, but here are some health concerns that have been noted in this breed:

  • Arthritis of the tailbone
  • Corneal dystrophy - cloudy eyes
  • Manx syndrome, - a birth defect that causes short spines, urinary tract issues and problems with the bowels.

Care

The soft, short coat of the Manx is easily cared for with weekly brushing or combing to remove dead hair and distribute skin oil.  Check the rear end closely to make sure feces aren’t clinging to the fur surrounding the anus, and clean it if necessary to prevent the cat from smearing poop on carpets or furniture.

The ears are another place where dirt can build up. Make sure to use cotton balls with warm water and gently scrub the interior of theirs ears.

Children And Other Pets

If he is introduced to them in kittenhood, the active and social Manx is a perfect choice for families with children and cat-friendly dogs. He will play fetch as well as any retriever, learns tricks easily and loves the attention he receives from children who treat him politely and with respect.

He lives peacefully with cats and dogs who respect his authority and can learn to leave birds and fish alone. An adult Manx may not appreciate children as readily, especially if he is used to a quiet household. Always introduce pets slowly and in controlled circumstances to ensure that they learn to get along together.

Breed Recognition