Distinguished by long hindlegs and no tail. Expression of taillessness varies from rumpies (tailless), bumpies/rumpy-risers (vestigial tail), stumpies (short tail) and longies.
CFA Pedigreed Breed
Here is a little more information on the Manx breed to help you in deciding if this cat is for you.
The tail-less Manx cat is said to have originated on the Isle of Man going back 200 to 300 years ago. However, there are several other legends that have surfaced regarding this cat.
One such legend is that that Noah shut the door on the two cats as they were coming into the Ark and cut off their tails and another story is that a long time ago cat and a rabbit mated and the Manx is a result of the union.
Either story is a good explanation of why they have no tails.
Medically it is said that the short tail or no tail is a natural occurring mutation of the spine. This mutation shortens the tail from shorter to tailless.
The other reason that the rabbit got blamed, is that a Manx’s back legs are longer than their front legs and when they run, they look rather like hopping rabbits than a cat running.
The Manx cat is a rather “round looking” cat that weighs in the neighborhood of 12 pounds, it has a round body, round head and round eyes.
The Manx is an unusual cat, it has a good personality, it loves people, but yet, is not a clingy cat, it likes water, it is loyal, it will play “fetch” like a dog and can be taught simple commands.
It appears to understand every word you say (my kind of cat) and is interested in everything you do.
The breed has been known for their “mousing ability.”
They worked hard catching rodents on the cold and rainy Isle of Man.
They were brought over to this country during the 1800’s to catch the mice and rats on the settler’s farms and they worked their way west to help reduce the rat population as the railroads were being built.
They are working cats with even personalities.
The Manx has a cousin that is called the Cymric, this cat is very much like the Manx, except it has longer hair. The hair is not as long as a Persians, it is just longer than a Manx.
The fur is quite dense and thick and is really not much more trouble to care for than a short haired cat.
If you are looking for a good family cat that likes children and other pets, is not hyper active, loves people and likes to play chasing things on the ground the Manx is for you.
When talking to a breeder be certain to tell the breeder what type of household you have.
As some Manx cats are more active and playful than others and some are shyer and quiet, the breeder, by knowing how you live, will be certain to give you the “cat that fits your lifestyle.”