The Phoenicians, merchants and Mediterranean navigators spread these cats from Japan, China and Malaysia, where the breed was perfected.In 1588 a ship of the Spanish Armada which carried some tailless cats on board sank off the Irish coast, near the Isle of Man.
Segregated on this island, the breed developed itself, and breeders made sure other cats did not mate with these tailless felines. The inhabitants of the island where the breed originated are so proud of this feline that they have minted a coin with its image.
Body Structure:The Manx is muscular, with a rounded rump, deep full flanks and short back. The hind legs are longer than the forelegs, so that its walk resembles a rabbit’s hop.
Eyes:The eyes are wide, round and bright. Any color is permissible as long as it matches the color of the coat.
Coat:The Manx is double coated, shiny, clean with light, soft hair like that of a rabbit. It has a dense undercoat.
Color: All colors are permissible; therefore, there are solid-colors,bi-colors, tabby, marbles and tortoiseshell Manx cats.
The Manx is intelligent, docile, playful and very active. It is a ruthless mouser.