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cat breed distinguished by the lack of a tail

How, when, and where this cat breed originated is unknown, but it was well established on the Isle of Man (a 30-mile-long by 20-mile-wide island in the Irish Sea) by the 1700's. British fanciers formed the first Manx club in 1901. The Manx made his journey to America at least 100 years ago (probably longer), and Manx cats are noted in early American cat registry records.

The characteristic trait of the Manx is caused by a genetic mutation. Since all Manx cats possess only one copy of the dominant Manx gene, and since heterozygous cats (those with two "tailless genes") cannot breed true, Manx cats come in a wide variety of tail lengths -- no tail ("rumpy"), tail stub ("rumpy-riser"), short ("stumpy"), and "normal" ("longy").

Besides taillessness, the Manx is known for its round head with large round eyes, a stout, powerful body with a broad chest, short back, broad, round rear end, short front legs, and long hind legs with muscular thighs. The Manx has two different coat lengths, a short double coat or a longhaired double coat. In both lengths, the coat comes in many different colors, including various solids, tabbies, tortoiseshells, and calicos. Adults weigh 8-12 pounds.

The Manx possesses a strong constitution, great intelligence, and an active personality. A very intelligent breed, the Manx can actually be taught to do tricks, including fetch and come, and is quite adept at learning how to open doors. It is very protective of its territory and will attack intruders, no matter the size or type. A loyal companion, a Manx will follow his/her favorite human around the house and will almost always try to assist with whatever he or she is doing. The Manx has an adaptable nature if he is exposed to activity and other people as a young kitten and usually enjoys meeting new people. It also adapts to new surroundings and family additions (both human and animal) more readily than other breeds. Although a Manx will meow and purr on occasion it is usually quiet. Unlike most cats, the Manx is willing to accept boundaries and will usually repond favorably when told to stay off counters or specific pieces of furniture, provided it is given an alternative. The Manx is also unusual for its love of water, and it is not uncommon to catch a Manx turning on faucets or "fishing" in a sink full of water. In fact, most Manx cats will even allow themselves to be bathed.

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