Manksi is a naturally occurring breed of cat on the Isle of Man (United Kingdom), located in the Irish Sea, based on a dominant mutation that originated several centuries ago and comes from the same roots as the British Shorthair.

Manx cats lack tail, as expected, a consequence of a genetic disorder that arose in conditions of island isolation and lack of fresh blood flow.

The tailless gene is hazardous to health and can lead to intestinal and / or bladder dysfunction, extreme walking difficulties. This syndrome usually manifests itself from the first weeks to several months of the animal’s life, and such animals are rejected.
Due to health issues, the Manxes did not receive GCCF support, but were exported to America, where they were registered as a breed.
Today, the Manxes are recognized by all associations of cat lovers, and the CFA has combined Manx and Kimrick in one breed - Manx - with two options for hair length.

Appearance of Manx cats

Manx cats have a large, rounded body of medium size with a powerful skeleton. The body of the Manx cat is rounded behind due to the undeveloped spine. The back is curved in an arc.
The back of the body is heavy. The hind legs are longer than the front, which is why the cat takes on a characteristic “rabbit” look. The Manx cat moves mainly by jumping.
The head is round, large, with rounded cheeks and prominent cheekbones. The nose is straight, wide, without a saddle, high ears are pointed at the ends, eyes are round, large.
The coat is plentiful, dense, "double", with a shiny hard spine and a slightly shorter thick undercoat.
Color Allowed the color of any colors and colors. It is desirable that the colored spots be separated by a white field.
The color of the eyes, the tip of the nose and the paw pads should correspond to the basic tone of the coat color.
Ideally (exhibition version) the tail is completely absent. But due to possible health problems caused by the tailless gene, the breed has made assumptions for animals with several rumpy risers that participate in the championships but are rated lower than rumpy animals and shortened moving animals. tail (stumpy) and normal long tail (longy), which are not shown in the championships, but are necessarily involved in breeding to reduce the incidence of Manx syndrome.

Brief information

  • Breed Name: Manx
  • Country of origin: Great Britain
  • Weight: 3 - 6 kg
  • Life span: 12 - 15 years, sometimes up to 20 years

Manx Is a cat breed that originated on the Isle of Man. They are peace-loving, intelligent, calm, obedient, unpretentious, quickly adapt to changes, need attention, but not getting enough of it can be offended. Manks always strives to be in the center of events, of course, in the role of the most active participant. A characteristic feature of Manx cats is the absence of a tail, although there are tailed representatives of the breed, in which its length can vary from a short “stump” to a tail of almost normal length.

Breed characteristics

A manx cat without a tail hails from the island of the same name, two hundred years ago, its image flaunted on its emblem. The islanders were sure that tailless animals bring good luck, so they surrounded them with love and attention.

Legend has it that the ancestor of the modern Manxes was left without a tail during the Great Flood: she ran into the ark at the last minute, and her tail got pinched because the door was already closing.

The breed, whose homeland is the Isle of Man in the Irish Sea, is naturally formed. Isolation on the island and for this reason the lack of new blood flow caused a genetic disorder. The species, based on a dominant mutation that appeared several centuries ago, has common roots with British Shorthair.

Since the end of the XIX century. Manx cats started to exhibit. The first exhibition in which they participated was held in 1871. In England in 1901 a club of Manx cat lovers was established. And two years later the first, albeit unofficial, standard of this breed was published.

In the 30s. XX century fluffy tailless beauties expanded their geography and appeared in the USA and Scandinavian countries. The breed was registered only after its appearance in America. In Europe, menx were not recognized due to the fact that the tailless gene is fraught with cat health. But now this breed is recognized by a large number of felinological organizations, and the CFA combined them into one with a kimrik, believing that they differ only in the length of the coat.


  • Color: any, except for color point, chocolate, purple and their combinations with white.
  • Coat: smooth, thick, with undercoat.
  • Eyes: round, large, obliquely set, it is desirable to match the color.
  • Body: The back of the body is a bit heavy.
  • Feet: front shorter than hind.
  • Tail: None. At the place where the tail should be, a hole is felt. Also, apart from the tailless breed, the Manx is represented by individuals with several tail vertebrae, cats with a shortened tail and owners of a completely normal, long tail.

Behavior features

These cats are very peaceful, they feel great in a large family, get along with small children, no problems when dealing with dogs, even with large ones. Manks is not a timid dozen, can stand up for himself and his territory.

Intelligent, calm, obedient cat, unpretentious, quickly adapts to change. Manks love their masters, very loyal, generally sympathize with people. Feel themselves part of the family, need attention, but not getting enough of it, may be offended.

They love to look at the pouring water, whether it be rain, a river or a stream from a tap. Some cats are even able to learn how to flush the toilet to enjoy the flow of running water.

Despite the fact that the addition of cats is somewhat overweight, they are very energetic, agile, like games, in addition, excellent hunters and even anglers.

Health & Care

Manx is a clean animal. But still this breed can not do without help. She needs to be bathed once a week and combed out with a stiff comb, which is especially important during molting. Manx's nails are razor sharp, they also need regular care.

The tailless gene can cause intestinal and bladder dysfunction, and can also cause difficulty walking. As a rule, the syndrome manifests itself during the first months of the kitten's life.