The Manx cat was discovered hundreds of years ago on the Isle of Man, an island in the Irish Sea between England and Ireland. Manx are one of the oldest natural breeds of cats.
MYTHOLOGY AND FOLKLORE OF THE MANX
There are many ideas as to how the Manx Cats might have come into being.
According to biblically inspired Celtic folktale, the Manx was the last of Gods creatures to climb aboard the ark, barely making it before Noah slammed the door shut. A variation portrays Noahs dog as the culprit responsible for the loss of the cats tail. In exasperation, the tailless cat fled the ark and swam to the Isle of Man, where it found a home.
Another tale claims that the Irish, or alternatively the Vikings, stole kittens to use their tails as good luck charms to decorate their helmets. In order to save their kittens, wise mother cats bit off the tails of their young, thus producing the tailless cat.
So... how did the Manx really lose its tail? Geneticists have determined that the taillessness of the Manx is the result of spontaneous mutation, which occurred hundreds of years ago. This mutation caused kittens to be born without the vertebrate of a normal cats tail. The isolation of the cats on an island meant the breed proliferated because of the genetic nature of the tailless trait.
CHARACTERISTICS OF THE MANX BREED
The Manx is a solidly built, medium size, compact cat with a very thick and glossy dense double coat, which comes in many colors. They can have short or long hair. The most recognizable feature of this breed is the lack of a tail. They have powerful hind legs that are longer than the front legs, so the short back arches upward to a rounded rump. They also have a wide chest, with a great depth of flank. The standard weight for males is 10-12 lbs, and for females, the weight will run near the 8-10 lbs. Range. The Manx head is round and broad, with large round eyes at a slight slant towards the ear, and the ear set is distinct to the breed. The ears are set widely spaced so when viewed from the back appear to look like a rocker. The ears are broad at the base and taper to a narrow rounded tip.
There are four types of Manx:
Rumpy: a tailless Manx cat.
Rumpy Riser: appears to be tailless but has one to three vertebrae fused to the end of the spine,
Stumpy: one to five normal vertebrae, which give the cat has a short, moveable stub.
Longy: has a tail
A litter of kittens may include a rumpy, a rumpy riser, a stumpy longy. Only the rumpy and the rumpy riser can be shown in American competition, and the risers cartilage must not stop the judges hand when the cats back is stroked.
The tailless Manx is a friendly, affectionate, relaxed companion, which is an easy feline to share your home. The Manx cat is a very intelligent cat. Manx are very mellow and even-tempered animals who are also very friendly and affectionate. Many people call the Manx the dog cat because they like to be with people. Manx cats will follow you around the house, helping with whatever you happen to be doing now.
Manx cats are very playful cats as a rule. They can jump higher than anyone would imagine as they have extremely powerful hindquarters. Some Manx owners say they are the sport cars of the cat world with their acceleration and quick turns. Manx will retrieve, and hide their toys. They will pick up a toy in their mouths and run to the other end of the room or house. Manx can be taught to come by name or with a whistle. Manx are very loyal and people oriented and make wonderful pets.
Manx mature slowly, and may take as long as five years to reach full growth potential. Manx sometimes may live to be 20 years of age, but most live into their late teens. They are a very strong and sturdy animal which love to cuddle on your lap and make bread or muffins with their paws when they are happy. A Manx cat will be a loyal companion. Please call us at 913-645-9799 or email us if you're interested in getting a Manx cat or kitten.
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