a tailless mutation occurred which, isolated on the island, was able to prosper
The Manx was one of the first breeds recognized by the CFA in 1908 and is one of the most iconic felines in the world. The tailessness comes in several classifications. The "rumpy" has no tail at all and is the desired show specimen. A "riser" may have a small amount of cartilage that is not visible as a tail, but can be felt under the skin. A "stumpy" has a small visible tail, and a "longy" has a tail over 2 inches. Only the rumpy and the riser are permitted in the show ring, but all Manx cats should be welcome as lovely pets.
medium size about 8-11 pound medium active cat who is not very talkative has a
varied coat length with some high shedding (no extra care required) comes in all colors and patterns and is very highly recommended for children busy families and dogs too!
The Manx cat is not fussy and will adapt to many situations, enjoy car rides, visits from strangers and an active family. This breed is often long-lived reaching the high teens and twenties in age.
and they are notoriously wonderful with children
Manx cats have been known to be vigilant about their homes and will even warn of intruders and other dangers. Finally, they have long-heralded reputations as champion mousers so those who don't enjoy the occasional "gift" take heed. The Manx is recognized by the Cat Fanciers Association (CFA), the world's largest cat organization. and is one of the most recognizable pure-bred or "pedigreed" domestic cat breeds. These cats are round bodied, round
Shape: The head should be slightly longer than it is
broad, with prominent cheeks, [also stud jowls in the male] which make
it appear rather round. There should be a break at the whiskers with
large, round whisker pads. Well developed muzzle, moderate in length
and width, with a strong chin and short, thick neck. Profile: There is
a gentle nose dip. Ears: Medium in size, rather wide at the base and
tapering gradually to a rounded tip, with heavy furnishings inside. The
Manx may have ear tufts at the tip which make the ears appear pointed;
this is permissible. Ears are rather widely spaced and are set slightly
outward so that, when viewed from behind, they resemble the rocker of a
cradle. Eyes: Eyes should be round and full, set at a slight angle
[outer corner a little above inner corner]. The ideal eye color
conforms with the requirements for color of coat, but should only be
considered if all other points are equal.
Body and Tail: Medium to large in size, compact, with a short back that arches up from the shoulders to haunches. Sturdy bone structure. Stout in appearance, with broad chest; surprisingly heavy when lifted. Legs: The hindlegs should be longer than the forelegs, making the rump higher than the shoulders. The hindlegs should have substantial bone and should be straight, when viewed from behind. The cat should have muscular thighs. The soundness of the legs should be judged by watching the cat's movement when stepping back into the cage. Feet: Round and firm, with 5 toes in front and 4 in back. Ideally, the cat should appear tailless. There is no penalty for a rise of bone or cartilage which does not stop the judge's hand when the palm is stroked down the back and over the rump.
Coat: The coat should have a soft, well-padded quality due to the longer open outer coat and the thick close undercoat. Shiney, clean and thick. The long-haired version of this cat is called a Cymric and is a seperate breed with virtually the same resume.
Pattern: All colors and patterns accepted.
Overall Appearance: This should be a medium-size cat with a round head and firm, full body. The rump rising up from the shoulder, topped with a bobtail or completely lacking a tail, is a distinctive, classic silhouette. Very friendly, adaptable to many living situations and a childs best friend.