5 Things You Didn’t Know About The Manx

Written by: Modi Ramos
| Published on February 25, 2015

Whatever it is about these tailless cats, one thing is for sure, they are super cute! People often recognize this breed because of their signature sans tail look, but what else do you think you know about the Manx?

Check out our 5 things you didn’t know about this popular cat breed:

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1. Not All Manx are Actually Tailless

Although we may think that all cats in this breed are tailless, the truth is that some do have tails–just majorly shortened versions compared to other cats. While some Manx cats are entirely tailless, others have nubby stumps and there are also some that have longer nubs that can be rather bushy with fur. Fun fact: based on their tail lengths, these nicknames were developed to describe the breed, according to length: rumpy (tailless), rumpy riser (those with stubs), stumpy (those with partial tails), and longy (those with near-complete tails).

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2. Rabbit Cat?

Maybe this urban legend has a lot to do with their body structure, including their signature tails. With generally shorter bodies and longer hind legs, the Manx body type resembles a rabbit more than it does most cats. A naturally occurring genetic mutation of the spine is what causes these cats to be tailless at birth, and there is no truth whatsoever to their DNA being intertwined with rabbits or any different species for that matter. Fun fact: legend even has it that Noah’s Ark featured two Manx cats aboard the legendary ship from Biblical Times!


3. One of the Oldest Recognized Cat Breeds

The Manx came to be from the Isle of Man, a tiny island situated in the Irish Sea between Ireland and Great Britain. This ancient cat breed was first spotted centuries ago, and have become mainstream in popularity in many regions throughout the world. Registered in 1906 when the Cat Fancier’s Association was founded in Great Britain, the Manx is one of the 5 first cat breeds officially recognized.


4. Each Kitten is Unique

Regardless whether or not a kitten in a litter is born to two Manx parents, or even one, the genetic mutation that develops taillessness will result in tail length variations for each kitten born. Fun fact: those with the shortest or no tail are considered the closest thing to a purebred Manx.

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 5. Dog Cats

Because of their natural fondness to be near humans, especially their owners, these super friendly and sociable cats might seem more like dogs than they do felines! Many Manx cats can be found following their humans around, fetching, and some even take a liking to carrying their play toys around in their mouth. A Manx cat would make a wonderful addition to any family, as they do great with kids as well as other pets. If you are curious about getting one, check your local shelter or rescue and you just might be able to find one there to call your very own!

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