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Tailed Manx ShortHair, Cat Breed Guide

Adopt a Tailed Manx Short Hair, Cat Breed Guide


Technically speaking, the Tailed Manx Short hair is not an official Manx cat breed as it is not recognized and accepted in cat shows by almost all international feline registries. These cats are recognized as existing but regarded as a breeding stock, which is a vital role for the development and survival of the Manx breed. This is because breeding two tailless or two knobbed tails or two stump-tailed Manx cats will result in various defects and genetic anomalies as well as death.

Among all the major feline associations that are affiliated with the World Cat Congress, only the New Zealand Cat Fancy recognizes the Tailed Manx Shorthair. The NZCF gives full recognition and accepts the eligibility of these types of cats for Championship contests under the Isle of Man Shorthair.

Generally, the Tailed Manx Shorthair resembles the British Shorthair. Fundamentally, in regards to the physical appearance and recognized standards, this cat breed is a fully tailed Manx.

Official Name

Tailed Manx Shorthair

This breeding stock is commonly tagged as the Tailed Manx or Tailed Manx Shorthair. The NZCF classifies this type of Manx cat under the official name of Isle of Man.


The Tailed Manx Shorthair can trace its origins in the Isle of Man, the self-governing British Crown Dependency that is included in the United Kingdom. It first appeared together with tailless Manx cats that resulted due to a naturally caused genetic mutation on the island’s local cat population. These types of cats are believed to be several centuries old.

Quick FAQs

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

Coat Type: Tailed Manx Shorthair cats have longhaired coats.

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

Grooming Requirement: Tailed Manx Shorthair cat breed will require grooming attention two times every week.

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

Energy Levels: Tailed Manx Shorthair cats have an average activity level.

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

Care: Tailed Manx Shorthair 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 Short hair 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 IMS and under the official name of Isle of Man Shorthair.


The Tailed Manx Shorthair is a type of cat that makes up the Manx stock. Physically, it resembles the British Shorthair and has Manx features but with tails. These cats share the history of the Manx Cat Breed.

The precise date of the Manx cat is quite unclear, but their association with the Isle of Man is known worldwide. The origin of the Manx cat is diluted with folklore and urban legends, from the genetically impossible theories to romantic folklore of tailless cat survivors swimming to the shores of the Isle of Man and eventually mating with the local domestic cats in the Island. There are many other various stories about this cat breed’s origin, but one thing is sure, tailless cats much like the modern Manx cat has been appearing all over the Isle of Man as early the early years of the 19th century. These cats were originally called “stubbin”, a local word to describe the cat’s unique tail-less appearance.

There was a random and spontaneous genetic mutation among the island’s domestic cat population which resulted to some cats having no tails, or having just a short knob for a tail or having very short and stumpy looking tails. These eventually became the ancestors of the modern Manx Cat breed. At the same time, semi long-coated cats with the same different tail varieties also appeared. This eventually became the ancestors of the modern cat breed. The Isle of Man’s domestic cat population was soon filled with longhaired tailless cats or Cymric cats and longhaired tailless cats or Manx cats. What is not mentioned on other accounts of the history of the Manx and Cymric is the appearance of cats within the island that have a full set of tails and comes in both short and long coat varieties. These cats are different from the Cymric and Manx not just in because of their coats or tails, but because they lack the genetic expression that made the Manx, and eventually the Cymric as tailless cat breeds. This type of fully tailed cats from the Isle of Man eventually became one of the fundamental breeding stock for the Manx breed, recognized as existing but only for breeding purposes and not for shows.


The Tailed Manx Shorthair are basically Manx cats with tails, thus it shares all the desirable traits of their feline cousins as being bright, lighthearted and companionable domesticated felines that will be friendly and accommodating with people in general, other cats in the family as well as dogs. Cats of these types will also display devotion, dedication and loyalty to their human owners. These cats are very intelligent, able to learn tricks easily. They are highly active and very athletic, known to jump exceptionally high as well as enjoy water activities. Overall, these cats are gentle and good-tempered cats that will be perfect as companion pets to all types and sizes of families.


The Tailed Manx Shorthair is a Manx cat through and through except, this at cat has a full-length tail.

Tailed Manx Shorthair cats are generally similar to Manx and Cymric cats that display an overall impression of roundedness and substance.

Tailed Manx Shorthair 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
The Tailed Manx Shorthair cat has a round head that is slightly longer than it is board and possessing 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 Shorthair cats have tails that are medium to long in length as well in width. The tail is tapering to a rounded end. These cats have a double coat that short and dense with a well-padded quality.

Tailed Manx Short hair 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.


The Tailed Manx Short hair is 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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