The absence of tail at Manx cats is a feature known for centuries and many stories circulate about their exact origin. Probably the oldest is the legend of Noah, when the Ark door closed, the rush, took the cats tail, leaving only a stump instead of a tail. Another legend tells of a cat with no tail which stroll along the boats of the Spanish Army on the Beach of Isle of Man. In 1588. There was no doubt that the island was very isolated to permit the perpetuation of the breed Manx cats. Manx cats with stumps instead of a tail is the result of genetic mutation suffered from breeding with the breed British Shorthair cats. This gene could be responsible for skeletal defects of these cats.
Manx cats resembles those of the British Shorthair breed, except the tail. The head is large, round and has prominent cheekbones. The muzzle and chin are firm and strong. The ears are located above the head and are slightly bent outwards. Are wider at the base and rounded on top. The eyes are large and round, and color is in tone to that of the coat. The body is compact and solid, with a broad chest and short back. The seat is rounded and should be higher than the shoulders. Limbs are short and strong ,back legs slightly longer than the front. Cats for exhibition must not have tails at all, and the seat should be fully rounded. At pet cats are allowed stubs of different lengths.
Character and temperament:
Manx has a good nature and affectionate, loving to be affectionate. She is getting along very well with children and other animals, seemed to get along very well even with dogs. They are ideal pets, adapting easily to the family life. Leading a very happy life like animals inside and make very little noise.
Short fur of the breed Manx cats do not require excessive care, able to maintain his coat even single. Manx cat fur is a double acting, featuring two layers, one thick and short and one slightly longer than the other. The double coat is far more important than color or symbol on it. It is allowed any combination of colors and markings, except the Siamese pattern. Cats for exhibition are more than appreciated for the coat texture , color or markings.
Today, in Europe me meet two varieties: Rumpy Manx without tail and Stumpy Manx, who has a remnant of the tail, and also in America me meet three varieties: Riser, who owns several caudal vertebrae, Longy, which has a short tail and ailed with an almost norma tail.