Together, the Manx and the Cymric form the Manx breed group. Their history begins on the Isle of Man, where their taillessness began as a genetic mutation among the island’s domestic cats. A small gene pool and a closed environment made it easy for this dominant gene to be passed on to kittens of following generations. Though the shorthaired Manx was recognized in the 1920s, in early years, the longhaired versions of the breed were considered mutants. An increase in popularity eventually led to their being shown in the 1960s and officially recognized as the Cymric breed in the 1970s.
Gentle, playful and even-tempered, the Manx makes an excellent pet for families with children and other animals. They are curious by nature, making them content to explore and investigate. Like dogs, the Manx may play fetch and bury or hide their toys. Though they can often keep themselves entertained, they also become very bonded to family members and can become lonely if left for long periods of time. Manx make a unique trilling sound when they talk and are often vocal.
The Manx has a distinctive look and a sturdy, muscular body. Many compare them to bowling balls. Though its most noticeable feature is its lack of tail (though some of the breed are born with tails), it is a very round cat whose hind legs are longer than the front legs, making the back of the cat rise and appear to hop along. Some affectionately refer to the Manx as “bunny cats.” Much like their body, their faces and eyes are also round and their expressions sweet. Extra care is needed when handling these cats, as their short tails have exposed nerve endings and their hindquarters will need extra support so as to maintain the spine if being held or lifted. The gene that creates the taillessness of the breed can create distinct health problems for Manx kittens. In most cases, these will develop prior to six months of age, so waiting to purchase one until that time may be wise.
The coat of the Manx is short and silky. All colors and patterns are acceptable.