Manx

Manx

Behaviour/Adaptability

The Manx is variable in temperament and personality, generally intelligent and skilful, they tend to enjoy they tend to enjoy manoeuvring themselves through doors or gates and have been known to carry a toy with them. and have been known to carry a toy with them. Some are Some are fond of human companionship and enjoy a familiar environment, others enjoy a single a single human owner. They may be vocal, but have a sweet, quiet voice if so.

Details

With its remarkable tailless body and sweet disposition, the Manx is a national treasure on the Isle of Man and a long-time favourite in the cat world.
Manx cats are like the diet soft drinks of the cat world: all the great cat flavour you love, now with up to 100% less tail.
The result of a natural genetic mutation that shortens the tail, the Manx has been the dominant cat breed on the Isle of Man, a small island in the Irish Sea, for centuries. Known for their gentle, discreet, sweet nature and legendary hunting ability, Manxes have been a favourite of sailors and farmers almost as long as they have existed. For starters, the word of the day for Manx is “round”. Their heads are round; their eyes are round; their ears have a rounded shape; and their hind legs are noticeably longer than their front legs, so that their rumps rest above their front shoulders, giving them a rounded shape when standing or moving.
The Manx has been described as “rabbit-like” in its movements and general appearance. This breed of cat usually walks with both hind legs moving in unison, giving it a sort of rabbit-like gait. The Manx’s coat is thick and double-coated, which makes them a healthy shedder, but they are also very tolerant of cold weather and water. Manx cats have been found in virtually all colour combinations and patterns, with the rarest being all-white coats or Manx with coloured tips, and the most common being orange, brindle and tortoiseshell.
Although they are known to be short-haired, there are long-haired cats with the same genetic make-up. Their treatment is a matter of debate. The Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) says that the Manx can be either long-haired or short-haired, but exhibits them all as short-haired, regardless of actual coat length. Other bodies in Europe and Asia consider long-haired cats as a separate breed, called Cymric.
The Manx’s lack of tail is the result of a natural genetic mutation. This, coupled with the small size of the Isle of Man and its geographic isolation, allowed the dominant gene trait to spread among the island’s cat population.

Breed Characteristics:
Coat Type: Variable length, with thick, short, undercoat.
Colours & Body Type: A compact and solid build, this breed lacks a tail and has a noticeably round rump. They have short powerful legs with hind legs slightly longer than the front legs. They come in any and all colours or patterns with the exception of the Siamese patterning.
Grooming Needs: Low – weekly brush.
Similar Breeds: British shorthair.
Vital Stats:
Height: 25 to 30 cm
Weight – Female: 3.6 to 4.5 kg
Weight – Male: 4.5 to 5.5 kg
Health Profile: Spinal deformities, fused vertebrae, arthritis, bowel blockage.
Life Span: 12 to 16 Years

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