Pedigree Cat Breeds - Manx

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The Manx cat is now quite rare here in the UK, with only a small number of breeders dedicated to continuing this wonderful breed. The first recorded Manx cat occurred in 1810 in a reference to some tailless cats owned by the English painter Turner which were said to be from the Isle of Man, but it is believed that they have been in existence for several hundred years. The island has celebrated the Manx cat's native origins by having Manx images portrayed on its currency, company logos, and postage stamps.

Geneticists believe the Manx cat came about by a spontaneous mutation causing kittens to be born without the vertebrae that form a normal tail.

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The Manx gene (M) is a dominant gene that shortens the spine of the cat, but not always to the same extent affecting each individual kitten differently, creating various types of Manx; 'Rumpy' 'Riser' 'Stumpy' and 'Longy.'

The Manx cat closely resembles the British Shorthair with the exception of the tail. The body should be compact and solid, with a broad chest and short back. The rump is rounded and should be higher than the shoulders. The legs are short and powerful, with the back legs being slightly longer than the front resulting in a higher rump. The head is fairly large, rounded with prominent cheeks, the nose broad and straight.

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The medium sized ears tend to be taller than the British and are set high on the head, slightly angled outwards tapering to a narrow, rounded tip. The eyes are large and round and the eye colour in keeping with the coat colour.

The coat is a double coat, a short thick undercoat with a slightly longer overcoat. The quality of coat is more important than colour or pattern. The semi-longhaired Manx 'Cymric', is identical to the shorthaired Manx in every way except for the length of the coat. For show purposes there must be absolutely no tail and the rump should be completely rounded, at present only Shorthairs are shown with GCCF, but Cymric can be shown with TICA.

The Manx is a mellow, even-tempered cat, friendly and affectionate forming a strong lasting bond of love and trust with their family and make good pets for children They get on with most other pets, including dogs and rabbits. Many people call the Manx the 'dog cat' because they have a strong desire to be with people and will follow you about the house, 'helping' with whatever you happen to be doing at the time. The Manx voice is quiet and has a distinctive trill most often heard from female cats talking to their young, but with which the Manx 'talk' to their family. The 'watch Manx' is a sight to behold; many are very protective of their home and give a low growl at any unusual noise or disturbance.

The Manx is a huggable, loveable imp with a silken purr and a twinkle in its eye; there is a saying 'Manx may be short of tail but long in personality.' They are very playful and active even into their later years and exhibit many dog-like characteristics such as retrieving and burying their toys. They do like to get on tables, backs of chairs and bookcases. There are numerous mythical tales and legends surrounding the origins of the Manx, but whatever their origins owners know firsthand that love for the Manx can be contagious and have suggested that Manx need to be sold with warning labels attached because of the magic spell they weave.

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