Manx Breed Info


The Manx cat is an ancient breed that originated on the Isle of Man. The taillessness trait is caused by a mutation that is thought to have arisen within the cat population on the island.

Manx cats were among the first cats on the show bench and were one of the founding breeds of the Cat Fancier's Association in 1906.




The Manx breed is all about roundness. Manx cats are strong and robust. They are of medium size with great depth of flank, neat, rounded paws, medium ears, rounded rump and hind legs longer than their forelimbs, raising the rump higher than the shoulders. It is said you can draw a Manx cat with a series of circles! Manx come in both longhair and shorthair varieties and may or may not have a tail. Both long and short-haired varieties have dense, plush double coats.



Manx cats are loyal members of the family. They possess a keen intelligence and zest for life. They are playful, cheeky, and are considered to be "dog-like" in personality. Manx are the working cats of the Isle of Man and have a reputation for their incredible hunting ability. 

Manx are a very relaxed breed and adapt to most environments without trouble. They are great with children and other animals and make wonderful pets for first-time cat parents.

The Manx Group Breeds


Manx cats typically come in four varieties, and in the NZCF each of the four varieties has its very own breed name. Did you know all four "breeds" can be born in the same litter?

"Isle of Man" refers to the tailed Manx. The Isle of Man Shorthair is the shorthaired, full-tailed Manx and the Isle of Man Longhair is the longhaired, full-tailed Manx. 

"Manx" refers to the breed group in general but is also the name given to the short-tailed or tailless shorthair variety, which is what you typically picture when you think of a Manx cat.

"Cymric" is the breed name given to the short-tailed or tailless longhair variant. This breed was developed in Canada in the 1960s. 

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