Manx cat

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Manx cat photo

History of the origin of the breed

Legend is a legend, but the origin of cats of this breed is mainly covered with fog. The typical English fog, because it looks like it is fog and the ad weather contributed to the fact that the ship of the Spanish Armada was sunk near cape of the Spanish head.

The tailless cat who lived and caught mice on a ship, swam to the Isle of Man and found a shelter there.

It approximately happened in 1500. Geographical isolation led to the fact that the rescued cats felt free in the island, there was no impurity of other  blood on Maine and The tailless cats prevailed, having formed into a new breed.

Manx cat history

The Breed became well-known in the end of 19th century. So, the owner of Manx cat, Charles Henry Lane published the first breed standard in 1903!

The breed came to the popularity in the 20-30s of the last century!

It is true that it is limited to most of the Scandinavian and America. Yes, the birthplace of Manxs is England which is still devoted to the breed. But, this breed is not found in other European countries such as Ukraine and Russia and it is a pity, the breed is original and unique

Description of the breed

Is every tailless cat Manxs and any Manxs is tailless? Is the absence of a tail a dignity or disadvantage? And what did the cat gain by losing its tail? There are many questions, and the answers are given by breed standards. By the way, you can be interested in the breed of American Bobtail.

Manx cat description

1. Kittens head is almost round, it is wide and large:

  • Cheekbones are wide and protruding;
  • The nose is average. there is no stop, the transition from the forehead to the muzzle is smooth;
  • The eyes are large and slanting. Absence of discomfort is a disqualification. The color of the eyes can be any, harmonizing with the basic color of the coat. the white manxs cat is blue, red color of the eyes or the different coloring is allowed.
  • The ears are wide, the tips of the ears are rounded. Here are some characteristic features of the breed- if you take look at the animal’s head from behind, then the ears and crown resemble a saddle;
  • Neck is short and muscular.

2. Body
What does the kitten of manxs breed look like? Like a big and fluffy balloon! Manxs have got everything rounded- a head, eyes, a trunk and paws. But these pleasant roundness should not be excessive. However , an elongated body is also unacceptable for the representatives of this breed. Dimensions of the body are average, the overall silhouette is square, the posterior part is visibly heavier than the anterior, the shape of the croup is similar to an orange.

The hind legs are longer than the forelegs, the limbs are powerful and well muscled. The paws are round, the pads on the paws have a round shape.

The tail for manxs is a relative term. There is no tail at all or often the thing which is similar to a tail- does not look like a tail. The “tail’ differences are as follows:

  • Dimple rumpy or just rumpy – complete absence of caudal vertebrae;
  • Riser or rumpy riser – those several tailbones are hidden and almost invisible under the coat;
  • Stumpy – the tail is slightly noticeable, it consists of literally 1-3 vertebral vertebrae , which are also anomalously crocheted;
  • Tailed or long – a tail is of the usual length, but it can also be hook-shaped.

The minimum weight of representative of this breed is 3.5 kg, and the maximum weight is 5.5 kg.

Manx cat description photo

3. Wool

Cats of manxs breed are plush to the touch. This plush is achieved through double wool. And “duality” is due to the fact that the outer hair is longer than the undercoat and it does not fit tightly to the body. Some compare the wool of the Manx tailless cat to the rabbit.

The comparison increases if you look at how the movement moves. They do not walk or run, but move with jumps. So how to determine that you are not a rabbit? Rabbits do not meow!

4. Color

There are no restrictions in the coloring of manxs kittens , it can be any. The cardinally black coloration is just as good as the tortoiseshell, or gray, or iridescent, but manxs chocolate, Siamese, lilac color or a combination of these colors with white are not recognized only in the United States .


It’s not for nothing that people say that tailless kittens served as rat-catchers on pirate ships. The pirate cat has retained some ship skills, however, some of them have been lost. Yes, this cat is still able to catch a mouse or a bird and put the prey to the bedside of the pirate Flint, that is, the master, of course. But the Manxs cat does not know how to climb trees at all.

However, she loves to look at the water for a long time  (just do not think that she likes to swim in it). The past experience living in the ship lets people know about it.

Manx cat character

The absence of a tail does not prevent the cat to  show emotions by all other available means. After all, for this, the cat has four more paws, a rumbling motor in the chest and an expressive mustache! Especially close manxs converge with children. Still, unlike other breeds, they are not threatened to be worn by the tail!

Reviews about the maxs are the most positive. The nature of these cats are very friendly and patient. They, of course, are not the fastest cats in the world, but they are pretty quick, and moving around in an irregular apartment, they play with pleasure and play pranks.

Very much this breed will approach those families in which there are some children because мэнкс then itself itself will not be bored, and another will not give.


Historical isolation of the breed led to the fact that the Mexxes acquired characteristic disease of this breed .

Most experts identify the Manxs syndrome. In the case of this disease, the spine of the kitten grows too slowly and the animal lives no more than 4 months. If you buy a kitten of this breed, necessarily pay attention to the structure of his pelvis – is there any dystrophy of the hind limbs.

Manx cat health

Another disease, characteristic of these cats – pyoderma of the body back . Inflammation of the skin begins  because of pyogenic microbes. Of course, only a veterinarian can determine pyoderma and prescribe antibiotics.

Corneal dystrophy can begin in small manxes. This is a corneal edema that threatens to go into the corneal ulcer.

There may also be cases of congenital spinal hernia, weakness of the limbs and impaired coordination.

Lifespan: 12-15 years.

Care and maintenance

If the health of the Manxs tailless representative  needs to be monitored closely, then there is no problem with the care of it at all.

What cannot be done?

He cannot fall, because without a tail, the manx simply cannot fall right and the consequences of the fall can be heavy. Take care that your Englishman does not climb too high.

Manx cat care

But they know how to jump high and watching these jumps is completely pleasure.

The thick wool of these cats is prone to the formation of collars, therefore there should be both ridges and a fleet in the arsenal of means for caring for the hair. Manxs wool  should be combed weekly, and during moulting – 2 times a week.

Also wash the eyes regularly and clean the ears.


Manxs – kittens are not spoiled.  They eat what is given. But the price of good health is a good food, as a rule. From the finished feed, it is best to give them only super-premium feed.

Manx cat feeding

With a natural diet, exclude a raw egg from the menu , legumes, river fish and undivided.

Since these animals are prone to rapid growth, they must additionally be given vitamins and calcium.

Scalded or simmered lean meat, offal, sour-milk products, cereals – these are what usually need to be possessed to feed the Manxs cat.

Manx cat price

The prices of Manx cat breed starting from 500$.


Some Manxs Photos

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