The BreedA stocky, solidly built cat with a short back and compact body. It has long back legs which are noticeably longer then the front legs. Covered in a dense double coat the cats can weigh on average 10 to 12 pounds for males and 8 to 10 pounds for females. A highly intelligent and affectionate breed often referred to as the "Dog Cat".
The Manx breed is the result of spontaneous mutation, which occurred hundreds of years ago. This mutation caused kittens to be born without the vertebrae which forms a normal cat tail. The isolation of the cats on an island meant years of inbreeding produced dominate gene traits, which we now recognise as the Manx Cat.
Mythology and Folklore of the Manx CatThere are many ideas as to how the Manx Cats might have come into being. Listed here are some of such tales ...
When filling the ark and the rains came down, Noah closed the door and caught the tail of a cat.
Cats from ships wrecked on the coasts around the Isle of Man came ashore and made the Island their home.
Mother cats bit off the tails of their kittens to keep them from being snatched by the invading Scandinavians, who cut off the tails and used them for decorating their helmets.