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WHO’S THAT CAT?
1Tall “tails” Let’s start with the lore. In one
story, the Manx was late getting onto
Noah’s Ark and had his tail slammed
in the door as he was boarding. In
another myth, Irish and Viking raiders
believed that kitten tails were good
luck charms, so they would steal kittens in the night. To keep their kittens
safe, mama cats would bite off their
tails, making their babies undesirable
3 A cat by any other name
Are all Manx tailless? Actually, no.
When talking tails, there are four levels
for the Manx: Rumpies are completely
tailless, often sporting a dimple at the
spine’s base, exactly where the tail
would be. Rumpy Risers have a knob of
tail consisting of one to three verte-brae connected to the spine. Stumpies
have a short stump of a tail that is
typically kinked or curved. Longies
possess tails that are nearly as long
as that of the typical cat. In the show
world, Rumpies are the most prized.
4 Round, round and more round
While some may strive for a chis-
5 The long and short of it
eled contour, it’s the Manx’s all-over
roundness that makes him every bit
as identifiable as that tail. Round ears
and round eyes are set upon a round
head that leads to a rounded rear. And
those cheeks? Also round. It’s a series
of circular shapes that cast a cherubic
touch to his look that matches his
These charming cats come in two coat
lengths: shorthair and longhair (which
is known as the Cymric). Manx and
Cymric can appear in the same litter.
6 Do the bunny hop Known as the “Manx hop,” the
movement refers to the Manx’s rabbit-like walk, a result of his trademark long
back legs — his front legs are shorter.
BY ERIKA SOROCCO
Known for his tail, or lack thereof, the Manx makes up for his shortcomings in the rump department with
loyalty, cherubic roundness and a too-cute bunny hop!
Erika Sorocco has been
writing about cats for 12
years. She currently shares
her home with two finicky
felines (Minky and Gypsy),
one crazy pup (Jake) and
not enough closet space. Find her online
chatting about beauty, books, fashion and
furbabies at cateyesandskinnyjeans.com.
Due to his bunny-esque movements,
some jokingly believe that the Manx
is the offspring not of two cats, but
of a cat and a rabbit, referring to the
breed as a “cabbit.” This, of course, is
The truth behind the tail An ancient breed, the Manx originated on the Isle of Man in the Irish Sea. It’s believed that the taillessness seen in the Manx is a dominant gene mutation that spread among the island cats as they mated, making it more notorious due to inbreeding over the course of centuries.
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