Manx | Cat Breed Guide

Manx | Cat Breed Guide

by Scritch

The lovable and loving Manx is a round-but-mighty feline that’s known for being highly intelligent, very affectionate, and even protective of its people. 

Weight: 8-12 pounds

Life Expectancy: 9-13 years

Temperament: gentle, adaptable, loving

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History and Personality 

The first thing you may notice about the Manx is her stumpy tail. While not all Manxes are without tails, many are, and it’s considered a defining physical trait. We’re still uncertain why this breed tends to be tailless, but the assumption is that it’s a genetic mutation that occurred from inbreeding on the tiny island they originated from — the Isle of Man, which lies between Ireland and the United Kingdom. 

In addition to being tailless, this cat has a very distinct roundness about her. Her eyes are globular, her head is round, and she has a sort of plump, rounded, low-to-the-ground body. Even her dense, double coat adds to the roundness! 

This breed is very sweet and affectionate with her owners, to the point that she’ll even be protective of them. In fact, Manxes are considered a “watch cat” of sorts, and it’s not uncommon to hear a Manx growl if they sense danger. They do get along well with other cats and dogs, but because they thrive in low-key households, they pair best with animals that aren’t too rambunctious. That also goes for children; grown kids and adults are best for this feline.

Compared to other cats, the Manx is pretty easy to train. Puzzle toys, learning new tricks, going on leashed walks, playing fetch, and grand adventures in the house (which may include getting into places she shouldn’t) are all welcomed mental and physical stimulation. Given her intelligence, this breed likes to be kept on her toes and therefore does best in homes with engaged owners. She’s a chatty breed, as well, and will happily have a discussion with you with her chirpy “trill.”


The Manx comes in a variety of colorings — including black/white, tabby, tortoiseshell, and calico — and both short and long hair. Whether short or long, though, it’s a double coat of fur that does require a bit of extra attention. Twice weekly brushing will help prevent hairballs and shedding around the house.

Health Concerns

  • Manx Syndrome — roughly 20% of Manx cats have spinal defects, which are likely related to their short tail. These can cause issues with urinating and defecating. Typically, this issue is realized by the time they reach six months.
  • Tail Arthritis — this isn’t a life-threatening issue, but it can cause pain and should be managed with help from your veterinarian. In general, this breed’s tail/stump is a sensitive area. 
  • Corneal Dystrophy — Some Manx cats experience corneal dystrophy, which presents as cloudiness in the eyes right around four months.  

While endearing, this breed’s short tail can come with a few issues. It’s best to make sure kittens are tested for Manx Syndrome before adoption, and to be mindful of their tail area in general. And, as always, yearly vet visits to ensure everything else is in healthy, working order is very important. Pet insurance can help cut major vet-related costs, should they come up, so make sure you and your kitty are covered.