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The Manx Cat

| January 20, 2011
The Manx Cat

The Manx Cat

Character: Friendly, intelligent, easy to train. Home-loving, but also a good hunter, with quick reflexes. Known for Its longevity.

Care: No special dietary requirements. Gentle brushing will maintain silkiness of the fur.

The Manx is an old natural breed originating from the Isle of Man, an independent island situated in the Irish Sea in between Ireland and Britain. After many centuries of breeding in Man, Manx cats occur that partly or completely lacking the tail. This is the result of a semi-dominant mutation that must have occurred in the far away past.

As a tail is not essential to be able to survive as a farm cat or house cat and Manx cats do jump, climb, run and hunt as well as other cats, this unique trait survived. Also in many other parts of the world comparable cats occur, like in Scandinavia and Karelia (also a dominant trait) and the Far East (a recessive trait) and also one of the wild cat species, the Lynx is short tailed.

Manx cats are sturdy built compact medium sized cats with a pleasing
friendly round face. They are well muscled and balanced and have strong longer hind legs enabling them to jump and run extremely well. In type they are very close to the original farm cat (from which also the European Shorthair is derived) except for their lack of tail. The occur in both shorthair and longhair versions, both inside and outside the Isle of Man. The longhaired variety is called Cymric in some associations and simply Longhaired Manx in others.

The temperament of a Manx is intelligent, affectionate and dog like. They are very attached to their owners and enjoy in participating in everything that happens in the household. They love playing games until high age and are very social towards humans, other cats and dogs. They are however not demanding and are very soft natured and sensitive. People who once have been owned by the special magic of a Manx often want another one around once their animal has died.

As Manx have been treated well and cherished for centuries in their native country, they have a very soft natured and affectionate temper and are very social and tolerant companion animals to have around. Also in the Isle of Man until today many Manx cats can be found, living as cherished pets with the local people.

Ratings out of 10

Compatibility: -Children: 9
Compatibility: -Other Pets: 9
Grooming: 5
Affection: 9
Playfulness: 7
Attention Need: 6
Healthiness: 3
Independence: 6
Activity Level: 6
Vocality: 4
Intelligence: 7

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