Adorable Images of Manx Cats
You can see just from looking at photos of Manx cats that this breed has an incredibly playful spirit. Manx cats also have a gene that leaves many specimens of the breed without a tail. Over the years, there have been many legends created to explain why Manx don't have tails.
Manx Are Playful Cats
One story claims that the Manx cat's playful personality almost caused him to miss getting on Noah's ark. He skidded in at the last possible second, but Noah shut the door and lopped off his tail. Still another story indicates that a Manx and a rabbit may have bred together, and this resulted in the Manx's loppy gait.
While the truth about the Manx's characteristics lies in the dominant and recessive genes of the breed, it's still fun to learn about these old stories.
Many Different Color Patterns
Manx cats come in almost any color combination you can imagine. They even come in calico and tabby coat patterns.
Long or Short Fur
Manx cats can have long or short fur. The long-haired Manx is often called a Cymric. Long-haired Manx, like the one pictured here, need regular grooming to keep their coat in optimum health.
The "Eyes" Have It!
The Cat Fancier's Association describes the ideal Manx eyes as being round and full. The color varies, depending upon coat color. For example, a brown-patched tabby will ideally have brilliant copper eyes.
This breed is known for being tailless. The breed standard calls for only a slight rise at the end of the spine, but it should not stop a judge's hand from sweeping down the back. The Manx's rump is broad.
One of the defining characteristics of Manx cats is their detailed whiskers. In fact, it is such an evident part of this breed that the CFA mentions it within the breed standard guidelines and calls for a "definite whisker break".
Slow to Mature
Manx cats may mature slower than many other breeds. Many breeders recommend waiting until kittens are at least four months of age before adopting. This allows the Manx genetics to fully develop and ensures the kitten doesn't have any deformities that might result in health problems later.
If you enjoyed learning about Manx cats, you might also enjoy learning about Maine Coon cats.