The Manx cat is an old breed and one of the more recognizable breeds in the world. A naturally occurring mutation of the spine causes a shortening of the tail which sometimes results in tail lengths that range from normal to tailless. Many of these cats have a stub for a tail, but it is the tailless ones that are the most recognisable and best known. The breed gets its name from its place of origin, which was the Isle of Man. There, the cat is a common one and goes by the name of Stubbin, no doubt in reference to the tail or lack thereof.


The Manx is a sweet-natured cat, friendly and affectionate. There should be no aggression in this breed at all. This cat craves the attention of people and loves to be around them often. Intelligent and alert, this cat is not particularly wary of strangers and will be quick to warm to them. The Manx does not mind being handled and bonds well with small children and other domestic pets if socialized from a young age. Despite its rather placid nature, the Manx love to play, especially as a kitten, and loves to run around. When it does so, its appearance has been likened to that of a bowling ball.

  • Build (Male / Female)

    Male: 8-12 pounds (3-6kg)

    Female: 8-12 pounds (3-6kg)

  • Life Expectancy

    9-13 years on average.

  • Litter Size

    Manx litters tend to range from 2-4 kittens.

  • Grooming

    Manx cats have a double coat, and therefore the fur must be groomed on a daily basis. This is especially so during the shedding season. Brushing and combing the fur will eliminate knots and help to discourage hairballs.

  • Recognition