The Manx Cat has a very round face with round eyes and round cheeks. The eye colour typically matches its fur’s hue. It has a powerful muzzle and an even bite. Its ears are a bit on the larger side and are positioned at an outward angle.
This feline has a compact body with a broad chest and short back, which is arched from the shoulders to the rump. As such, it has a rather round appearance, thanks also to the absence of an appendage.
Pictures of Manx Cats reveal their tail-less rump and other features that distinguish it from the rest of the feline breeds. Its natural hopping gait makes it stand out even more from the kitty pack.
As mentioned, a natural mutation in the spine caused this breed to have a shortened tail. But not all Manxes are without tails. In fact, there are 4 varieties: rumpy (no tail), riser, stumpy (curved or knotted), and longy (similar to the average cat tail). If the average cat tail has 20 vertebrae, the rumpy Manx only has 1-3.
Manx breeders use all four types in developing this feline to avoid other genetic issues. They never breed 2 rumpies together as this can seriously affect the resulting offspring’s health. It usually leads to death.
Further, this cat has big and very strong hind legs, which compensate for the absence of the tail. The back legs are longer than the front ones, thus making its rear resemble that of a rabbit.
The double-coated Manx Cat can be short-or long-haired. The longer haired variety needs to be brushed more often, about 2-3 times weekly. Its coat colours come in a wide variety of shades and patterns.