Calm and composed, a Manx tends to bond closely with one person or the entire family. Not a good choice for highly mobile people as this breed does not like being relocated to different homes. But be aware that this is a speedster who is capable of making hairpin turns during play. Look up if you can’t find your Manx – this breed likes to supervise household activities from top shelves or on top of doors.
- 10 – 12 pounds | male
8 – 10 pounds | female
Ideal Human Companions
- First-time cat owners
- Families with children
- Households with other pets
- People on set work schedules
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- Tail ranges from none to full-length
- Powerful, stocky legs
- Available in short and longhair coats
- Devout people pleasers
- Easygoing temperaments
Things You Should Know
The Manx usually won’t turn down an invitation to play fetch with you. This breed tends to shadow favorite people in every room of the house. It is considered a hardy breed, not subject to many genetic health conditions. Shorthaired types require very little grooming care, but the longhaired ones do benefit by being brushed two or three times a week.
This cat’s mysterious beginnings are anything but boring. One popular myth is that the Manx was late getting onto Noah’s ark and Noah accidentally slammed the door on its tail. Another popular folklore speaks of Manx cats swimming ashore from the wrecked galleon of the Spanish Armada in 1588. But the more commonly accepted theory is that this breed originated on the Isle of Man, located off the coast of England, several hundred years ago.
Ranked as one of the world’s oldest breeds, the Manx has been competing for show honors in the Cat Fanciers Association since the 1920s. However, despite achieving popularity in Great Britain since the 1870s, the Manx is not recognized by British cat show officials.
The Look of a Manx
Sturdy in stature, the Manx sports one of the shortest torsos of any feline breed. Its looks are highlighted by a broad chest, round head, and big, round eyes. The ears are wide set and the neck is short and thick. The tailless gene is dominant in both the shorthaired and longhaired versions, but some Manx kittens can be born with a short – or a full – tail. It depends on the parents. If the egg and sperm both carry the marker for no tail, then the kittens will never develop tails.
The shorthaired coat is thick with outer guard hairs that give off a glossy look. The longhaired coat feels silky to the touch. The coat is available in nearly every color and pattern, with the more popular looks being color pointed, bicolor, solid and tabby.
Females weigh between 8 and 10 pounds and males average between 10-12 pounds.
Talk About Manxs
The best cats don't need tails!
Manx cats are the best ever. Our joke is that God decided the best cats didn't need tails...and thus the Manx came about. They are people cats, they'll run to meet you when you get home from work, and follow you about the house as you do chores or clean. While every cat has a different personality, Manx cats are more likely to be outgoing than many other cat breeds, greeting visitors and clambering onto laps without hesitation. Some Manx play fetch, others just spend their time being fetching so you have to fall in love with them. And their very round faces with very big, round eyes, give them a kittenish look their entire lives.
~Kitty E., owner of Manx cats
A sweet and very social breed
I love Manx cats! They have the sweetest personality and are quite dog-like in their ability to fetch toys and to walk with a harness and leash. They are very easygoing with each other, which makes for a tension-free "furmily." They are always nearby and love social interaction. They travel well and are extremely healthy.
Adopt a Manx and smile as they Bunny Hop across your heart! Their long hind legs allow them to run at amazing speeds and jump to amazing heights. Watching them play is a delight! They really are adorable inside and out. Every tale is a Happy Ending with a Manx. If you're looking for variety, Manx range from no tail to full tail and every length in between. They are very intelligent but they won't hold that against you! :) They are precious and priceless. They love to be held like a baby in your arms and can also curl up in their favorite spot if you are busy. They are very photogenic so if you love photography, keep your camera nearby for all the Manx Moments!
~Manx Mamma, owner of a Manx
A very mellow fellow
My cat is a Manx. He runs like a rabbit because of his big strong back legs. He is trainable just like a dog, and knows many commands. He is a very mellow fellow, and only meows when he wants something or something is troubling him. He loves to sleep under my blanket on my lap when I am watching TV or between his dad's legs on the couch. He very seldom jumps on things but when he does, he never knocks anything down.
He is not a kid cat, they are too rambunctious for him, but he loves most adults and is not shy about rubbing his face on them to mark them as his. For adults, I would definitely recommend this breed, as they are so undemanding for the most part, can easily be trained to leash, and can be content to be an indoor animal if you choose.
~Carol S., owner of a Manx
Merry and mischievous
Ah, the Manx. A merry, mischievous breed. Never have I had a pet so thrilled to see me when I come home or when I get up in the morning. Please see the "Tin Whistle Wedding" by Odgen Nash for what's like to live a Manx. Not only that, mine loves to play fetch, be carried around and go for walks. He has even gone to church on pet Sunday and charmed everyone, including the dogs.
Sleek and elegant, he is not. It is said the Manx can be drawn with circles, round happy head, round torso and round tush. Ah the Manx tush, cuter than a Corgi's as it goes rabbity racing around in play, with its longer hind legs and no tail (mostly) to trip him up.
My Manx has a distinct vocabulary of about 15 words. He truly believes he is my "real boy." So, if you're looking for a friend to cheer you on and up, someone to hang on your every word and keep your days full of joy, I would definitely recommend a Manx.
~Mimi G., owner of a Manx
A playful hunter who also guards your house
I ended up with my Manx because she was abandoned and needed a home. All my previous cats were just DSH of no special breed and I never really thought of getting one on purpose, but I have found that these cats are just wonderful.
They are keen hunters, very playful and affectionate, and they even guard your house against intruders. I kid you not! My cat made a loud fuss once when she found a girl coming through our back door without knocking or being brought in by one of us. I'd been shut in a room watching DVDs and never would have been aware of her. Good cat!
If you get a Manx, that cat will love you so please don't abandon her. She would never do it to you, and the cat I have was miserable when she was homeless and had nobody to care about her. They are worth keeping!
~Jane W., owner of a Manx
A mischievous, drooling little booger
I adore my little manx, Mab. Not only is she compact and has retained her kitten like cuteness, she's a mischievous little booger (my mother calls her a terrorist)! She loves to shut doors and chase anything that moves, especially if it crinkles or rings and adores mimicking the dog, my mother's pug Baron. She has fun with our other two cats as well: a domestic shorthair and a Himalayan-Persian named Gizmo and Jellybean.
She's highly intelligent, answering to her name and coming when she's called. She learns very fast what certain words mean: i.e. gooshy/wet food means eat time, and when I open the fridge she likes to get up on her hind legs and put her paws on the kitten milk carton as if to say "I want this!" She does love to watch from up high, and sit in the attic and look down at everyone from the doorway.
She's a liiiittle hesitant about little children, and I've seen that in a few of the cats, but she tends to be curious about them. I would be wary about introducing small, loud children to any Manx, but as always it varies by the child and the animal.
The last few Manxes I've interacted with are notorious droolers. When she's happy, it's very easy to wind up with a soaked pantleg or shirt sleeve!
~Feraljunebug, owner of a Manx
My best friends
I have two Manx rescues and they both are next to me when I wake up and when I go to sleep (pushing the boyfriend off the bed!). One is super outgoing, bounces off the walls, tears down the hall back and forth hunting toy mice, while the other one is reserved BUT is a total attention hog herself. They are typical Manx though, and act like dogs instead of cats, like to greet people, are at the door waiting for me to get home and wake me up with kisses.
They both like the dog as well and often try to engage him in play, but he's a senior dog who wants to relax, for the most part.
Don't let the "not tail" freak you out, they are what I call Dog-Cats. They act more like dogs than cats so they seem to be good to get if you have a manly man around the house! Our original Manx was actually my boyfriend's cat, who sadly passed from cancer last year and now we have two rescue ones.
~Jenn M., owner of Manxes
Two sisters who are very different
My two Manxes are as different as night and day. They are two months apart, due to daddy being a carouser!
The Gemini is curious to a fault. She loves to meet me on my stairs as I get home and is very affectionate. She has medium-length black hair with a narrow face and a very long torso. She has a 2-inch stub tail. As I live in a basement with the steel poles wrapped in hemp cord, her and her sister love to climb them and jump off of them on a race around the room.
The Leo is the hunter and fetcher. She has short glossy hair with a 1-inch stub tail Her toy of choice is the tweeting bird, and her sister's is the squeaking mouse. They are a hoot to be around and I love them so. They are both black with golden eyes.
~John R W., owner of two Manxes