Manx: The Ancient Cat Breed That May Not Be Full Grown Until Age 5
October 03, 2014
The Manx is an ancient cat breed originally discovered on the Isle of Man in the Irish Sea. The Manx is known for its lack of a tail, a feature caused by a gene mutation. Manx’s can be completely tailless, have a stump of varying lengths, or a regular tail a bit shorter than the average cat tail.
Manx can be short- or longhaired. They have a thick double coat that comes in a variety of colors and patterns. Adult Manx weigh 8 to 13 pounds.
This breed is slow growing, with some cats not reaching their full adult size until age 5. They are generally healthy, though a collection of birth defects known as Manx syndrome occurs in an estimated 20 percent of kittens.
Manx make great family pets. They are sociable and fun-loving, with certain behaviors that are distinctly dog-like. Manx are also highly intelligent, agile, and physically active. They thrive on human companionship.
Manx are skilled hunters, and have been used throughout history as mousers. They are also able to take down large prey, even as kittens.