Manx KittensMany people confuse the Manx with the British Shorthair due to similarities in their body shape, face and coat. The Manx is a shorthair breed but there is one obvious difference; the Manx has either no tail or a stumpy one. This is the key feature that differentiates the Manx from other similar breeds and a characteristic that many cat fancier's adore. According to the Cat Fanciers' Association (CFA), the Manx is a more popular breed than the British Shorthair (rankings based on records from 1996).
The Manx was first discovered in Britain on the Isle of Man hundreds of years ago. Nobody is really sure how they got there or when exactly but many theories have been invented over the years. One theory suggests the cats were brought over by the Vikings while others like to think they were brought over during the Spanish Armada in the late 1500's. The actual truth is unknown and will probably forever remain a mystery.
Manx cats and kittens have been popular pets for many years but few people knew they existed until the 1900's. In 1901 a group of British Manx enthusiasts formed a club to promote recognition of the breed and since then their popularity has soared. Unfortunately, the breed is extremely rare, especially show quality cats therefore the demand is very high but they are still very hard to get hold of. Many Brits and Americans are big Manx fanciers but few manage to acquire their preferred fury feline friend.
It is assumed that when the original Manx cats arrived on the Isle of Man they did in fact have tails. It is thought that the loss of tail was the consequence of a spontaneous mutation caused by a dominant gene. The Manx population on the island was small therefore it would have been easy for the gene to be passed onto many of the offspring.
Some Manx cats are born with small tails and they can be of different lengths, they are categorised as Rumpy, Rumpy-Riser, Longy or Stumpy. You might not guess the order but Rumpies are completely tailless Manxes, Rumpy-Risers have a small stump, Stumpies have slightly longer stumps than Rumpy-Risers and Longies have tails almost as long as other breeds. Only Rumpies and Rumpy-Risers are allowed to compete in the Championship Ring. Stumpies can compete in the 'Any other Variety' section.
Manx cats are built solidly, appear powerful and are quite a heavy breed of cat. Their heads are round with medium sized ears and large round eyes. The colour of their eyes conform to the colour of their fur. They have short thick coats that can come in a range of colours. The overall appearance should be rounded and strong.
Manx Character and Personality
Like many cat breeds, the Manx is a playful, loving and loyal cat. Although quite docile they enjoy being active, they are great jumpers and love a garden to play in. They are extremely affectionate to their owners and get on very well with children and other domestic animals. The Manx is a perfect companion and has a fun-loving personality. They can be independent and do not crave too much attention so you can feel assured that your Manx will be ok for the time you are at work or out of the house.
If there are no genetic defects they can live up to 15 years or even more.
Average Litter Size
Normally a quarter of the litter inherits the dominant gene from both parents. For this reason Manx litters tend to be smaller ranging from about 2-4 kittens.