The Manx cat is an ancient breed that has been around for centuries. They are popular for their tailless appearance and are a fascinating breed that originated from the Isle of Man— an island between Ireland and England in the Irish Sea.
Manx cats have been referred to as “stubbing” cats which some locals continue to use in modern times because of the Manx language on the Island. This breed has been around since the 1800s and is one of the first founding members of the Cat Fanciers Association (CFA) which was founded in 1908.
The Manx cat not only has an interesting appearance, but also a long history that we will discuss in this article.
The Fascinating History Behind Manx Cats
The Manx cat is a well-known and tailless breed of cat that was first published as a breed standard in 1908, although this cat breed has first been documented to have been around since the 1800s. The Manx cat breed is believed to have been created from the mainland stock on the Island, and like all cats, the Manx is a descendent of the African Wildcat.
The Manx cat is believed to have come from a gene pool of cats located on their home island and was the result of inbreeding. They were a popular addition to most farms and were kept as a form of rodent control. There were also colonies of Manx cats that formed in Douglas horse tram stables and would hunt gulls as a source of food.
They were not only a popular cat breed for farmers but were also commonly found in town businesses that were either on or off the island. Manx cats also made great sailing cats because there was a belief that if you “don’t have a tail then you cannot start a storm.”
History Behind The Manx Cat’s Appearance
Manx cats were quite popular in cat shows and were entered as a cat of other varieties where they could not compete in the shows unless they had a good size and markings. Manx cats lack a tail and instead have a stub where their tail should be. Interestingly, this stump can vary in length depending on how the Manx cat has been bred. These cats are medium in size, with a broad chest and their body type is usually described as lean with muscle.
Aside from having no tail, another distinctive feature of the Manx cat is that they have elongated hind legs and a small, rounded head. They can be found in a range of different coat colors and patterns, but pure white Manx cats are quite rare. There are long-haired Manx cats, but these variants are typically considered to be a different breed—the Cymric —who does not have a tail either.
This cat’s long hind legs are much longer than their fore legs which gives the cat a humped appearance, which is why this cat is sometimes described as being rabbit-like—their stub on the rump and rounded body with long hind legs that make them good jumpers.
The dominant trait that gives this cat a tailless feature is the Manx tailless gene which became common on the Isle of Man because of the genetic diversity of the cats. This is known as the founder effect which shortened this cat breeds tail significantly.
Manx Cats Through The Years
5 Interesting Facts and Folklore About Manx Cats
The Manx cat is now a popular cat breed across the world, and their tail stub can come in various lengths, which means that not all cats with stubs are necessarily Manx cats. This cat breed has many folklores and history from the Viking times and is an excellent cat for rodent control according to their island of origin.
This cat breed can be found in many different coat colors and patterns, along with either a short or long coat length, and a stubby tail that varies widely in length.
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