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Manx Cat Breed - Personality, Size & Characteristics

Manx Cat Breed - Personality, Size & Characteristics

Manx cat, the lovely medium-sized fur kid with rounded heads and bodies, is also fondly known as rumpies and stumpies because of their non-existent or cute little stump of tails.

Manx Cat Breed - Personality, Size & Characteristics

Manx cat, the lovely medium-sized fur kid with rounded heads and bodies, is also fondly known as rumpies and stumpies because of their non-existent or cute little stump of tails. If you love cuddly cats with a super playful, friendly, and gentle temperament, Manx cats would be your perfect companion. The Manx furry babies are affectionate, loyal, and extremely interactive, making them great as family pets.

The Manx cat is one of the oldest breeds in the world, and there are some very interesting legends surrounding the origin of the Manx munchkins. One of the legends says that when Noah was calling all the animals to his ship, a cat fell asleep and only rushed in at the least moment when Noah was closing the ship door, resulting in its tail getting clipped. This cat is our Manx fur baby. You can't entirely disregard the legend seeing just how laid-back the Manx cat is!

Key pointers:

    • Weight – 8 to 12 pounds. Although medium-sized, the Manx cat has heavy bones and are stocky, which explains their weight.
    • Height – 7 to 11 inches. One quirky thing about the Manx furries is that their hinds can appear to be taller than their fronts when standing.
    • Life span – 10 to 14 years
    • Coat – Manx fur kids have double-coated thick and dense short-haired coats, and they come in a wide range of colours, from black to brown and plain to striped.


      • Friendliness -⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
      • Ability to adapt -⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
      • Behaviour towards other pets -⭐⭐⭐⭐
      • Playfulness -⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
      • Tendency to obesity –⭐⭐⭐
      • Overall health -⭐⭐⭐
      • Life expectancy –⭐⭐⭐⭐
      • Easy to train -⭐⭐⭐⭐
      • Advisable for first-time owners –⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Physical appearance:

The most distinctive feature of the Manx breed of cuties is their complete absence of tails or a small stump for a tail. Manx cuties are also rounded with round heads and plump bodies. The plumpness of a Manx cat is more often from its double, thick, and dense coat than from muscle or fat. Manx munchkins also look extremely sturdy and well-built, and their hind part can appear to be taller than their front part when they stand up.

Manx furries come in a wide variety of colours, and Manx coats can be either plain or patterned with stripes. The eyes of Manx can be of different colours too, ranging from amber, hazel, and gold, to green, blue, and copper.


The Manx fur kiddos are one of the healthiest breeds of cats. Manx are usually hearty and healthy if they are well taken care of.

However, owing to their lack of tails or small tails and stocky, well-built bodies on short legs, Manx can suffer from spine problems like:

  • Spina Bifida
  • Weakness in the hind legs that make it difficult for these cuties to walk properly
  • Lack of bladder control and issues with bowel movement


Due to their thick, dense, and double coat, Manx fur babies require minimal grooming. Having said that, grooming sessions can be a time to bond with your Manx cat, so, even if your Manx cat doesn’t need regular grooming, sit down with a brush and see your Manx cat purr with happiness and love.

Although Manx fur kiddos shed lesser than some of their long-haired cousins, their double-coat means there can be under-coat build-up if brushing their coat is ignored for long. Brushing your Manx baby’s soft, thick coat once or twice every week is enough to keep dead hair out of their bodies and from your home and to keep their lovely coats shining with good health. Manx can shed more during the spring and fall season, so make sure you brush their coats more frequently during these times.

Apart from brushing, you also need to bathe your Manx cat once in a while, trim your Manx fur kid’s nails, clean their ears, and brush their teeth occasionally.


Manx kitties are highly intelligent and extremely playful. When Manx run around the home, they look like a bowling ball because of their rounded bodies. Cuteness overload, to say the least!

Another unique trait of Manx fur cuties is that they have some dog-like tendencies, especially when it comes to playing. After all, how common is it for cats to play fetch? But the Manx furry munchkins are unlike other cats and will happily play fetch with you. That is not all! Manx fur babies also like to carry their toys around in their mouths and dig and bury them.

Manx fur kiddos can also jump and climb owing to their strong hind legs. Hence getting them cat trees to play around with is a good idea. The Manx little sweethearts are also extremely skilled hunters, so toy mouses or laser lights are also great for them to run around trying to catch.

All in all, Manx fur babies are super playful, and you wouldn't have a single dull moment with them around.

Manx Cat FAQ:

Do Manx cats get along with other pets?

Manx fur kids are extremely social cats. Manx cat personality is gentle, friendly, affectionate, and playful temperament. Manx generally get along well with different kinds of animals. However, it is best to introduce your Manx cat as kittens to your other household pets.

Are Manx cats friendly?

Manx cats are super friendly. Manx love interacting with humans and are very affectionate and loyal to their families. A Manx cat will also get along well with most other domestic pets since they are usually friendly and loving towards all animals.

How long do Manx cats live?

Manx have a slightly shorter lifespan than the average of 15 years. The fluffy Manx munchkins generally live for around 10 to 14 years. Having said that, each fur baby is unique, and this lifespan can well vary. A lot also depends on the Manx cat’s diet, lifestyle, and the care they receive.

Are Manx cats easy to groom?

Manx fur kiddos are quite easy to groom. All you need to do is brush your Manx fur baby’s coat once or twice every week and trim their nails, clean their ears, and brush your Manx’s teeth occasionally. Simply put, the grooming needs for Manx fur kiddos are basic and minimal.

Do Manx cats like to bathe?

Manx cats are one of the few cats that love the waters. Most Manx babies enjoy bathing, and they will happily slosh and play around in the water. It is important to clean Manx cats thoroughly during bath times because of their thick double coats.

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