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The Manx cat breed is distinguished by its lack of a tail. This natural mutation is thought to have originated on the Isle of Man, hence the name Manx. Because of the island's relative isolation, Manx thrived here. The first documented picture comes from an 1810 painting; while no one knows how long the tailless cats have been on the Isle of Man, linguistic evidence suggests they may have been introduced sometime after 1750.

The Manx personality is fun-loving, adaptable, and affectionate. They are excellent jumpers and can stay active well into their senior years.

Manx kittens are available in a broad range of colors and patterns. The shorthaired variety of the Manx has been accepted by most associations for many years; longhaired Manx have taken a little longer. The longhaired Manx was accepted by CFA as a division of the Manx in 1994.

The "Manx gene" produces cats with tails of varying length, from the "longie" (normal tail) to the "stumpy" (short tail) to the "rumpy" (no tail). Manx cats are very stocky and rounded in appearance, with short backs and long hind legs that make them appear rabbit-like, especially due to their distinctive gait.

Although taillessness is a trait of the Manx, not all tailless cats are Manx. Only registration paperwork issued by a legitimate registry certifies a true Manx. All show quality Manx must be naturally tailless; docked cats are disqualified from competition.

The thick coat can be either short or semi-long, though in some associations the longhairs are known as Cymrics.

Interesting fact: A common urban legend is about a breed called the "Cabbit" -- a crossbreed between a rabbit and a cat. So-called Cabbits are almost certainly either Manx or cats exhibiting Manx trait. Cross-breeding between rabbits and cats is genetically impossible; these are two different species are too distantly related. There is a good article on Wikipedia that summarizes the Cabbit issue.

Associations: The Manx is accepted by most major cat registries. In AACE, ACFA, and TICA, the Manx and the Cymric are recognized as separate breeds.

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