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Manx

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Manx

The Manx has a naturally occurring mutation of the spine. This mutation results in the breed having a shortened tail, resulting from normal to tailless. Many Manx have a stub of a tail, but most are known to be entirely tailless. The Manx has a very round head with round cheeks. They have very high hindquarters with the back legs much longer than the forelegs. The rump is higher than the shoulders and forms a continuous arch. The eyes are round, slightly tilted and should have a sweet expression. The Manx has two coat types: shorthair and longhair and is full and plush because of the double coat.

Temperament The Manx is a very playful cat and can jump higher than most expect. They love to be on the highest perch in the home. They are said to be the ?feline sport cars of the cat world with their acceleration and quick turns.? They are mellow, even-tempered, friendly and affectionate. Any Manx that lives outdoors is a fierce and dedicated hunter. They can be dog-like in that they like to retrieve and bury their toys. The Manx is a one family cat and have difficulties in a different home. The quiet-voiced Manx loves human attention. Some consider the breed to be an excellent ?watch-cat.? They are very protective of their home and noises and disturbances will cause a low growl and even an attack. Strange dogs may be a target for an attack.
Weight Male 10-12 lbs.; Female 8-10 lbs.
Health Problems Some in this breed are born with the so-called Manx gene which causes Manx Syndrome which is normally fatal. The gene causes the shortening of the spine which causes severe spinal defects. Some kittens are born with Spina Bifida or fused vertebrae. These difficulties will show up within the first few weeks or months. Severe bowel and/or bladder dysfunction, or difficulty walking are all symptoms.
Living Conditions Keeping the Manx cat indoors, neutering or spaying, and providing acceptable surfaces for the cat's normal scratching behavior are vital to lengthen the life of any cat.
Exercise They are playful and active and enjoy playing with others and exercising themselves.
Life Expectancy 15-20 years
Grooming The Manx coat does not require excessive grooming and they are quite capable of looking after their coat themselves.
Origin The origin of the Manx is said to date back to the time of Noah. In one tale, Noah closed the door of the ark when it began to rain, cutting off its tail. Another legend claims that the Manx is the offspring of a cat and a rabbit, thus causing no tail and long hind legs. The "Cabbit" is known to move with more of a hop than a stride. This, of course is not biologically possible. The Manx breed originated on the Isle of Man, where they are common. They are referred to as stubbin in the Manx language.