There are a number of
mythical tales surrounding the origins of the Manx cat, such as Noah
off its tail with the door of the Ark as the rain began to fall. Many
of the origin of the Manx are found in cat and mythology books. In many
these tales the Manx are descended from ship's cats who were shipwrecked
Isle of Man when their ships were sunk off the coast. A commonly told
the legend from the early 1600s of two ships from the Spanish Armada
sunk off Spanish Point near Port Erin. The Isle of Man was the refuge
tailless cats from these two ships. Another legend has it that the cat
from a ship wrecked in 1806 off Jurby Point, while another says it was a
ship wrecked off Castle Rushen and Calf Island.
Manx cats originated on the
Isle of Man, off the coast of Great Britain, among a population of cats
common ancestry sprang from the same roots as the British Shorthair. A
spontaneous mutation occurred at some point several hundred years ago,
created kittens born without the vertebrae that form the tail of normal
With the passage of centuries and due to the isolation of the cats from
breeding, the taillessness eventually became a common characteristic
Isle of Man cats, because the mutated gene is a dominant trait.
Besides taillessness, the Manx
is known for its robust and rounded
appearance. This breed can actually be drawn with a series of circles!
It has a
very round head and rounded cheeks which give it a jowly appearance;
so in the male cat than in the female. It is high in the hindquarters
back legs much longer than the forelegs, thus causing the rump to be
than the shoulders. The shortness of back forms a continuous arch from
shoulders to rump. The eyes are rounded but set at a slight tilt toward
ear. The “Manxie” should have a sweet expression.
We have lots of products that may interest you in our shop dedicated to the Manx Cat