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Physical Characteristics
  • Robust and rounded appearance
  • High in the hind quarters with the back legs much longer than the forelegs
  • Shortness of the back forms a continuous arch from shoulders to rump
  • The eyes are rounded but set at a slight tilt toward the ear
  • Two types of coats, shorthair and longhair
  • Playful, with dog-like characteristics
Medical Conditions
  • Healthy breed
  • Needs boosters by 12 weeks old
  • Annual vet visit for checkups is important
While the listed ailments may be common in this breed, not all members of the breed suffer from these conditions. Responsible breeders screen for orthopedic and genetic diseases.
At Home
  • Does best indoors
  • Needs sufficient scratching device
  • Declawing is not recommended
  • Kittens are available after 12-16 weeks
  • Once the cat has bonded with someone, it is difficult for a Manx to be happy in a different home
  • Trim nails regularly
Other Facts
  • Since the Manx (or tailless) gene is dominant, kittens that inherit it can have a full tail, a short tail, a rise (known as a "rumpy riser"), or no tail ("rumpies") at all
  • One Manx owner stated that "Manx are the feline sport cars of the car world with their acceleration and quick turns."
  • Many Manx cats can learn to retrieve and even sometimes bury their toys
Breed History
  • Records have been found on the Isle of Man that describe the cat as a mutation of the island’s domestic cats
For more information about this breed and breeder referral contacts, please visit the Harrier Club of America For breed rescue opportunities, visit HCA Rescue
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