Manx Cat Breed
A Cat Without a Tail


The Manx cat breed has no tail at all.

manx cat breed pj

An beautiful example of the Manx Cat breed

 "PJ" from the cats of Karello Manx.




The Manx cat breed is a very historical breed that was first established before the seventeen hundreds on the Isle of Man. Because this cat has longer back legs than front legs, it walks with an unusual gait that many people say looks very much like a bunny hop. When these cats stand still, they hold their back legs bent so that their backs are still fairly straight.


Despite its small, very rounded body, the Manx is still solidly built and the breed weighs in at a respectable eight to twelve pounds. This breed's head is wide and slightly rounded, with prominent cheeks. This cat's long ears are slightly rounded at the tips and its gold or amber eyes are very round. These unique cats comes in almost every color and pattern available, just like its close relative, the British Shorthair.

"Tugger" of Karello Manx.

manx cat breed tugger





A completely tail-less Manx is called a "rumpy"; the "rumpy riser" appears to be tail-less but has one to three vertebrae fused to the end of the spine; the "stumpy" has one to five normal vertebrae, which give the cat a short, moveable tail stump; the "longy" is a cat with a shorter-than-normal tail, but a tail nonetheless.


The taillessness in the Manx cat breed is a genetic mutation. This genetic mutation causes some of it's off spring to be born tailless. The genetic mutation doesn't always occur in every kitten born in every litter. Various tail lengths are normal to see in the same litter.

"Cowboy" of Karello Manx.

manx cat breed cowboy

The Manx coat is very thick and glossy, with a dense undercoat. Many colors and patterns are accepted, including tabby, solid, bicolor, shaded, tortoiseshell, and calico. The Manx's dense coat needs to be combed two or three times a week to remove loose fur.


Although the Manx is a quiet, occasional placid cat breed, this cat still has a very sweet and playful nature. The gentle attitude of this breed makes it an ideal choice for families, but these cats are also a good choice for career oriented individuals who aren't home for long periods of time. Although these cats don't dislike other cats, they don't need the company of cats to feel contented.


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"Angel" of Karello Manx.

Children enjoy the playful nature of the Manx, which, despite its legs of different lengths, can leap higher than most other breeds. It is quite common for these cats to perch on top of doorways and refrigerators. Many people comment on the dog like traits of this breed. The Manx will actually bury or hide its favorite toys, just as a dog does. You can easily teach your cat to fetch, come when he is called, or other simple tricks.


If you live in an apartment and are concerned that a cat will disturb your neighbors, the quiet little Manx is an ideal choice. These cats can mewl, but usually choose not to.


If you want a quiet, playful cat with an unusual appearance, then the Manx just may be the ideal breed for you.  While Manx cats are the only type of cat seen in the show ring that are tailless, you can also find cats known as "rumpies" or "stumpies". 

manx cat breed kittenThese cats make wonderful pets, but are disqualified from the show ring because they are not tailless.  The "tailies" have all the characteristics of their tailless siblings.


Kitten of Karello Manx.


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