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Manx: The Ancient Cat Breed That May Not Be Full Grown Until Age 5

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  • 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.

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