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Manx

Manx
origin:Great Britain (Isle of Man)
size: Medium
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History [ edit ]

The Manx is a natural and ancient tailess breed of cat whose ancestry is an absolute mystery. It is believed that this breed originated on the Isle of Man, off the coast of England (after which the breed was named) quite a few centuries ago but how they have developped nobody knows. A legend says that the Manx lost it's tail because he was the last animal to board the Noah’s Ark and Noah slammed the door of the Ark on it.  Another legend claims that when the Irish invaded the Isle of Man they used to steal the Manx’s tails which were used as helmet plumes. Documents  found in the Isle of Man indicate that the Manx is the result of a mutation of the Island’s domestic cats but whether these cats are native of the Isle of Man or an outcrossing among native cats and cats brought by the many trade ships docked on the Isle, no one knows. Contrary to what happens with the Japanese Bobtail, the gene responsible for the mutation in the Max is a dominant gene and kittens may be born with no tail, with a tiny stub tail or with a short tail and are classified as Rumpy (no tail), Rumpy-riser (tiny stub tail) and Longy (short tail). However, only the tailess cats (Rumpy) are accepted for competition. The Manx comes in two varieties, which had to be represented in the original mutation: the Shorthair and  Longhair, also called Cymric after the Welsh name for Wales. The coat length is the only difference between the two varieties. The Manx is know for his intelligence and has a great number of followers.
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General Appearance [ edit ]

The Manx  is a medium-sized and well-muscled cat, surprisingly heavy in relation to its size and with a definite round appearance, for everything is round in this striking animal: round head, round cheeks, short back and short forelegs that cause the rump to be higher than the shoulders This roundeness is even more noticeable in the males than in the females. However, the most distinctive feature of the breed is the absence of tail.The body is medium in length, robust, with a broad chest, very deep flank and a short back forming a continuous arch from shoulders to rump. The legs are sturdy boning and well muscled. The straight hindlegs have very muscular thighs and are substancially higher than the forelegs which are set well apart. The paws are medium-sized and round with five toes in front and four behind.The head, set on a short and thick neck, is of medium-size, round and slightly longer than broad, with a firm, round and well developed muzzle, and prominent cheeks. The chin is strong. The eyes are large, round and full, set at a slight tilt toward the ear and have an alert and sweet expression. The eye colour harmonizes with the coat colour.The medium-sized ears are wide at the base, set wide apart and tapering to a rounded tip. The ears of thethe Shorthair variety have sparse furnishings while the Longhair variety has full furnishings.The Manx is tailess. Some may have a rise of bone at the end of the spine.The Manx Shorthair coat is double, short, but not close-lying and dense. The outer guardhairs are somewhat hard and glossy in appearance.  The Manx Longhair coat is also double, medium in length, soft and silky. The hair is longer in the breeches, abdomen and neck ruff. The Manx comes in many colours.
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Temperament [ edit ]

The Manx is a very intelligent powerfull and agile cat. Manx is vey playful, and shows dog-like characteristics such as fetching and burying their toys. The enjoy jumping and indeed they are capable of jumping to inconceivable places. This breed matures very slowly, keeping their playfulness well into they adulhood. Some tend to bond with one member of the familiy, others are equally devoted to all the family members, but generally they do not adjust easily to new homes. However, some Manx seem to be happy with human attention, be it from the family or outsiders.
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Variants [ edit ]

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Health [ edit ]

The Manx is a generally robust breed.
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