The Manx cat (kayt Manninagh or stubbin in Manx) is the "Isle of Man cat", as its name suggests, it is native to the Isle of Man, located in the Irish Sea, between England and Ireland.

This breed is very old and has inhabited the Isle of Man for more than two centuries.


The Rumpy manx cat is tailless.  This taillessness and physical particularity of the manx breed evolved from a natural genetic mutation due to the inbreeding of cats in an isolated environment. As the allele behind this phenotype is dominant, the absence of a tail became rapidly the characteristic of the Manx cat.

The Manx is a shorthair cat but he also exists with longhair, we'll call him Cymric or Manx Longhair.
Due to the taillessness of the manx cat breed, care should be taken when handling & carrying the cat. Extra support should be given to the rump.

Manx categories according to their tail

A litter of Manx can present various lengths of tail, these are categorized in 4 length:
  • Rumpy (or dimple rumpy): is the classic show cat with no rise of bone at the end of the spine.
  • Rumpy riser: the tail is a rise of 1 to 3 sacral vertebrae. 
  • Stumpy: is a short rise of tail vertebrae.
  • Tailed (or longy): has a full tail length.

You can find the breed standards on the FIFe website


The Manx is an EXCEPTIONAL cat! Affectionate and dedicated, he proves to be a great companion for the whole family, from children to the elderly. Americans call him « the dog like cat ». He is balanced and very intelligent, he loves to feel loved, and in order to gain the affection and approval of his owner he learns everything that can be taught.  The love for his master could even lead him to take protective attitudes. 
With him, you have to be careful because he not only learns what not to do, like climbing curtains or scratching armchairs, but also everything humans do, like opening doors ( of the house, the refrigerator, ...) and even the taps.
The Manx generally get along very well with other cats & dogs (however, they must be properly introduced to each other) and are patient with children. It will be the perfect companion for older people as long as they can get them a little exercise.
CAUTION: make sure your Manx is not alone all day, he is not a normal cat, he needs your company or at least that of another cat or dog.
Sources : Vikidia / Wikipédia / Wamiz