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Tailed Manx Longhair, Cat Breed Guide

Adopt a Tailed Manx Longhair, Cat Breed Guide


Tailed Manx Longhair is a cat that is often ignored and discarded as it basically defeats the fundamental traits of a Manx cat that is short-coated and tailless. But for a type of cat that is not recognized as a distinct breed, it plays a vital role in the development and the future of not one, but two breeds that are the Manx and the Cymric.

Without the Tailed Manx Longhair cat, the Cymric could have not existed and the Manx cat would eventually diminish in number. This is because the Tailed Manx Longhair is important to the breeding process of the two mentioned cat breeds that originate in the Isle of Man. Tailed Manx Longhairs are breeding stocks that are paired with either the Manx or Cymric cat to avoid all the generic defects and disorders (sometimes even lethal) when two tailless Manx or two tailless Cymric are mated.

Basically, Tailed Manx Longhairs are Manx stock that fundamentally has the Cymric physical trait but with a full-length tail. Currently, the majority of the major feline registries around the world recognize their existence only as breeding stocks and not accepted in shows. The only cat registry that gives full recognition to these types of cats is the New Zealand Cat Fancy but gives it a different name, the Isle of Man Longhair.

Official Name

Tailed Manx Longhair

It has no official name per se, as these cats are considered for breeding purposes only and not in cat shows with a strict set of standards. The Tailed Manx Longhair has been called Long Tailed Cymric cats by several feline registries.


The Tailed Manx Longhair shares the same origins of the Manx and the Cymric. It appeared together with the cats that displayed genetic mutations in the Isle of Man and are believed to be several hundreds of years old.

Quick FAQs

Size: Tailed Manx Longhair cats come in Medium to Large sizes.

Coat Type: Tailed Manx Longhair cats have longhaired coats.

Body Type: Tailed Manx Longhair cats have bodies that are semi-cobby in type.

Grooming Requirement: The Tailed Manx Longhair breed stock requires grooming attention two times every week.

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

Energy Levels: The Tailed Manx Longhair breeding stock is known to have an average activity level.

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

Care: Tailed Manx Longhair cats are very easy to handle and will need average attention when it comes to caring.

Recognized by

Official recognition and standard do not exist among the majority of international feline organizations. This is because the Tailed Manx Longhair is used only for breeding stock purposes and not for shows.

Cats of these types are recognized under a different name by the New Zealand Cat Fancy or NZCF. The NZCF gives full recognition and accepts it as a Championship Breed, classified under the breed code ILH with an official name of Isle of Man Longhair.


The Tailed Manx Longhair is literally the Manx cat breed but with medium length double coats that can be considered as semi-longhair or longhair as well as a full-length tail. This breeding stock type of cat shares the same historical background of the Manx and the Cymric as this cat is fundamental of Manx stock. Because of this, Tailed Manx Longhair cats are called Full Tailed Cymric or in New Zealand, called Isle of Man Longhair as this breed is also of Manx stock.

The Tailed Manx Longhair shares the same early origins of the Manx cat as well as the Cymric cat that originates in the Isle of Man. There are no precise historical records documented to describe this breed’s pre-Isle of Man history. The common and most accepted belief regarding how they ended up in the Isle of Man depicts a link to the maritime cats that were kept aboard merchant or trade ships. Some of these trade ships docked on the port of the Isle of Man, with their kittens eventually finding their way off the ship to mix with the island’s local domestic cat population. Appearances of the Manx and Cymric type cat as well as tailed Manx cats having both shorthair and longhair coats has been reported prior earlier than the 1800s. This is due to a naturally caused random genetic mutation within the local domestic cat population. This genetic mutation affected the development of the cats’ tails, with specimens having to display traits that range from having no tails, knobbed tails, stumped looking tails, partial tails and full-length tails. All these tail traits appeared on both shorthair and longhair coated cats. This eventually became the base stock of the modern Manx, Cymric and Isle of Man cat breeds.


Although technically considered as a breeding stock and not a distinct breed, the Tailed Manx Longhair shares all the desirable traits of its Manx cousins. These cats are sharp and sound in mind, frolicsome and energetic, and very sociable tamed felines that will get along well with people, other cats and even dogs. This is a cat that will be faithful and committed to their human owners.

Tailed Manx Longhairs are also known to quickly learn any lesson taught to them. Match that with the cat’s high intelligence and you’ll find that teaching these cats to perform tricks or perhaps how to play a game of fetch will be easy and enjoyable. Overall, these cats are in general composed, temperate and non-aggressive in disposition.


Tailed Manx Longhair is basically a fully tailed Cymric cat in appearance but does not inhibit the Manx gene that produces the tailless mutation.

This breeding stock type of cat gives an overall impression of roundedness and substance.

The body of a Tailed Manx Longhair cat will be medium in size with a sturdy bone structure that is well balanced to the solid and compact muscular body.

Head, Ears and Eyes
Tailed Manx Longhair cats have round heads that are slightly longer than they are broad and possess prominent cheeks. These cats have large and full eyes that are round in shape and set with a slight angle towards the nose area. Eye color depends on the coat. These cats have ears that are medium in size and wide at the base and widely spaced as well, tapering to a rounded tip with a full furnishing in its overall appearance.

Coat and Tail
Tailed Manx Longhair cats have full tails that is about equal in length to the average cat breed. These cats have longhair or semi-longhair coats that is medium in length with dense and a well-padded appearance over the main body area. The fur displays with a gradual increase in length starting from the shoulders and all the way to the rump.

Tailed Manx Longhair may come in all coat colors and patterns that appear on the British Shorthair including Bi-Colour, Colour-Pointed, Self, Smoke, Tabby including Tortie Tabby Classic, Tortie Tabby Mackerel and Tortie Tabby Spotted, Tipped including Golden Tipped as well as Tortie including Tortie & White.


Like the Tailed Manx Shorthair, the Tailed Manx Longhair breeding stock cats are somewhat healthier than the tailless Manx as they do not have the genetic mutation that leads to various spine defects and diseases.



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