Manx Cat Breed: History, Temperament & Health Issues
The Manx At A Glance:

Place Of Origin: Isle Of Man, UK
Dates Of Origin: Pre-1700
Average Weight Range: 8-12 lbs.
Temperament Of The Manx: Mellow and Even Tempered, Quiet.
Breed Colors Of The Manx: A wide variety of colors and color combinations is acceptable.
One of the top 10 friendliest cat breeds.

The lack of a tail is this breed's most obvious visible feature.  Manx may be "rumpies" (with no tail), "stumpies" (with short tails), or "tailies" (with almost natural tails).  The Manx gene carries potentially lethal consequences; rumpy to rumpy breedings, for example, can result in Manx syndrome, in which kittens either die at or soon after birth, or they develop fatal problems by four months of age.

History Of The Manx:

The Manx originated on the Isle of Man in the Irish Sea before the 18th century.  Taillessness occurs occasionally in feline populations as a spontaneous mutation, but it only survives in isolated groups, such as those on islands.  The breed was recognized by the CFA in the 1920's.

Common Manx Health Issues:

Abnormal Anal Opening
Corneal Dystrophy
Spina Bifida:
A developmental defect in the closure of the bones in the lower back.  Signs of Spina Bifida include lack of bladder and bowel control.  These cats can exhibit weakness of the hind legs and a peculiar gait that resembles a "bunny hop". See your vet.
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