Breed of the Month: Manx

The Manx originated in the Isle of Man in the Irish Sea. The Manx does not have much of a tail due to a genetic mutation. This genetic mutation, combined with a small population led to inbreeding. Manx kittens can be born with or without a tail; however, those born from parents who both carry the tailless gene often die before birth. The Manx was one of the original show cats and one of the founding breeds of the Cat Fancier’s Association (CFA). Manx come in a variety of colours and also come in longhair and shorthaired varieties. The Manx is very intelligent and playful and is great at jumping.


  • Male: 8-12 lbs.
  • Female: 8-12 lbs.


  • Long back legs
  • Short tail
  • Round rump
  • Variety of shades and patterns: white, black, tortoiseshell, brown, tabby
  • Stocky/heavy-boned
  • Solid large jowls


  • Tendency to vocalize: Moderate
  • Affection Level: High
  • Child-friendly: High
  • Dog-friendly: High
  • Energy level: High
  • Grooming: Moderate/High
  • Shedding: Moderate
  • Health issues: Moderate
  • Intelligence: High
  • Average Lifespan: 9-13 years

Common Health Problems:

  • Spina bifida
  • Incontinence
  •  “Hoppy” gait
  • Hind leg paralysis
  • Malformed pelvic bones
  • Arthritic tails

Written by: West Hill Animal Clinic