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Manx Cat Breeders

The Manx is a loving, affectionate and loyal cat breed, and Manx owners will often speak fondly of the “Manx magic”.  Here’s what you need to know about this unique breed.

Characteristics of the Manx

The Manx is a breed of cat that is famous for its lack of tail. They are described as being “rumpies”, “stumpies”, or “tailies” depending on how long their tail is. It is possible to find a long-tailed Manx but these cannot be shown as being a Manx (they still carry the recessive tailless gene, though, so can be used for breeding).  Appearance-wise, apart from the lack of tail, the Manx is a robust, rounded cat of medium sized and with good musculature.  They are available in both shorthaired and longhaired varieties with the longhaired Manx commonly known as a Cymric.  The Manx is available in all colours and patterns except pointed.

The Manx Temperament

The Manx’s temperament makes it a very popular pet as the Manx just loves to be around people.  They are affectionate and friendly, and they are actually quite doglike in their nature.  The Manx is quite trainable also and they will happily take to leash training, will learn to come when their name is called, and they can even be taught to fetch.  As well, many Manx cats like water, so don’t be surprised if they come running when the taps are turned on, or if you see them playing in their water bowl.  The Manx cat is quite gentle but they are known for being fiercely loyal and protective, so any other pets need to be introduced correctly.

Caring for a Manx

The Manx cat breed is well known for its longevity and they can live into the late teen years or even into the twenties.  Minimal grooming is required. However, the gene that causes the taillessness in this breed can also result in spinal problems, which become evident in the kitten’s first few months of life. This is often why Manx breeders will not let their kittens go until they are four months old, to ensure that there are no problems with the kitten.  However, these spinal problems are much less common than they once were.

Who is the Manx Suited To?

The Manx is suited to all types of living situations, whether it is with a single person, an elderly person or a large family.  As they are so people-oriented, they do not necessarily need another cat for company. If all members of the household are out for long periods of time, you may wish to get your Manx a cat companion.  However, the Manx will do best if there is at least one person at home for most of the day.

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