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Tailed Manx Cat – Cat Breed Guide

Adopt a Tailed Manx, Cat Breed Guide


This cat breed guide is about the Tailed Manx cat breed that some associates with the Isle of Man cats that comes in Short-hair and Longhair varieties and recognized as a distinct breed by the New Zealand Cat Fancy NZCF.

The difference of the Tailed Manx and the NZCF recognized Isle of Man tailed cat is that the Tailed Manx is generally considered not fit for show by major feline registries. It is recognized as existing for their important role when it comes to breeding Manx cats. Tailed Manx are mated with Rumpy, Rumpy Riser and Stumpy Manx cats to avoid the unwanted defects and potentially deadly results of mating two tailless, knobbed or partially tailed Manx cats.

Only the Co-Ordinating Cat Council of Australia recognizes the Tailed Manx as a show eligible breed with set of official standards.

Official Name

Tailed Manx
Tailed Manx are also called Long Tailed Manx, Full Tailed Manx, Longy Manx, Manx Longy, Longy and Longies.


The Tailed Manx is among the various tail variants of Manx cat that is recognized as a random-bred domesticated feline breed associated with the Isle of Man. These Tailed Manx cats appeared together with the tailless Manx and Cymric cats in the island’s domestic cat population that saw a random and spontaneous natural genetic mutation that altered the composition and development of the cat’s tails.

Quick FAQs

Size: Tailed Manx cats come in small to medium sizes.

Coat Type: The Fully Tailed Manx cats are generally considered to be shorthaired cats but longhaired coated Manx are recognized by some feline registries.

Body Type: Long Tailed Manx cats have a solid and compact body that is orange-like and rounded in appearance.

Grooming Requirement: Manx Long Tail cats have short coats that will be easy to groom and requires grooming attention once every week.

Vocal Tendency: Manx Longy cats are considered to be average when it comes to being “talkative”.

Energy Levels: Manx Longies have an average activity level.

Time Alone: Longy Manx cats will require more than 8 hours of “alone” time every day.

Care: Manx Longies are very easy to handle and will need average attention when it comes to care.

Recognized by

Coordinating Cat Council of Australia – Recognize the Tailed Manx cat breed and can appear on both short-coated Manx and the Manx Longhair


The Tailed Manx is one of various Manx cat variants that appeared in the local cat population in the Isle of Man. It appeared together with the Rumpy, Rumpy Riser and Stumpy Manx cats that are the results of a natural genetic mutation that is considered random and spontaneous in nature which affected the genetic makeup and development of the breed’s tail.

The precise history of this breed is unclear but for several centuries now, the Manx cat has been known to be a maritime cat breed that is believed to have reached the Isle of Man through various merchant ships docking to the island’s port. These ships are believed to have carried cats that were used as mousers. Some cats exited the ship and eventually mated with the island’s local domestic cat population. By the early 1800’s, historical accounts mentioned the appearance of various short-haired cats that are tailless or have very shortened tails which island residents fondly called “stubbin” cats. As years go by, the local people unofficially bred the tailless and shortened cat breeds which they originally called as Manks and then later renamed as Manx to depict the traditional culture of the Mann people of the Isle of Man. In the Manx language, it is officially called Kayt Manninagh which is translated to Cat of Mann in English. The unofficial name of this breed in the Manx language is kayt cuttagh or bob-tailed cat.

These cats were fondly called stubbin and by the 1800’s, Manx cats were being exhibited in various cat shows. By 1903, a set of breed standard was established and published by Charles Henry Lane, a cat expert and owner of the cat Lord Luke, a prize-winning and rare variety of a white Rumpy Manx. By the 1920s, the Cat Fancier’s Association or CFA was one of the first major feline associations that fully recognize the Manx Cat as a pedigree.

Today, only the Coordinating Cat Council of Australia recognizes the Tailed Manx as a show eligible breed with set of official standards. The rest of the major feline registries recognize the Tailed Manx as a type used only for breeding purposes and do not have a set of standard nor accepts these Manx types as eligible for cat shows.


Like all other Manx varieties, the Tailed Manx are sociable, affectionate, intelligent, playful, docile, well-balanced and good-tempered cats. They are alert and energetic and also skilled hunters on both lands and aboard ships. The Tailed Manx are among the few cats known to be able to learn and perform tricks as well as enjoy the game of fetch like a dog!


Generally, there is no set of standard for the Tailed Manx cat as it is only used as breeding stock to avoid potentially fatal results of mating two tailless Manx. There is also no set of standards because they were not eligible to be entered and show in cat shows.

Only the Coordinating Cat Council of Australia has a set of official standard for this type of Manx, which can be seen below:

General Standards of the CCC of A for a Tailed Manx

The overall impression of the Tailed Manx is of a medium-sized, robust, well-muscled cat, with the rounded rump. Tailed Manx may only be exhibited in a litter.

Tailed Manx cats have bodies that are medium in size, solid, compact, with a broad chest, deep flanks and a short back, ending in a definite round rump which is as round as an orange. The rump is higher than the shoulders and the hindquarters should not be too high, nor should the back be too short.

Head, Ears and Eyes
Tailed Manx cats have heads that are slightly longer than it is broad, with prominent cheeks, which give the head a rounded appearance. There is a break at the whiskers, with whisker pads and a well-developed muzzle. Tailed Manx cats have ears that are fairly large, rather wide at the base and tapering slightly to a rounded tip. They are angled slightly outward. If viewed from behind, the ear set resembles the rocker on a cradle. The furnishings of the ears are sparse. Tailed Manx cats have large, round and full set of eyes. They are set at a slight angle, with the outer corner slightly higher than the inner corner.

Coat and Tail
Tailed Manx are the cats that have a full medium-length tail that is balanced with the body with no kinks or breaks visually evident. Tailed Manx with shorthairs has short, soft and double, with a longer outer coat and a thick, close undercoat, making for a well-padded appearance. Tailed Manx with longhairs has a double coat that is medium length over the body, falling smoothly with no tendency to matt. Ruff length is in keeping with the overall coat length. The medium-length coat is dense, silky and considerably shorter than the body coat on the face, below the elbows, on the front legs and the hocks on the back legs. Breeches are full and thick to the hocks in the mature cat.

All colors and patterns are recognized for the CCC of A Tailed Manx variety.


Being a tailed variety of the Manx breed, the Tailed Manx is as prone as the Manx Rumpy, Rumpy Risers and Stumpy when it comes to spine diseases that are caused by the gene that eventually created the Manx cat’s tailless conformation.



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