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Tasman Manx Cat – Cat Breed Guide

Adopt a Tasman Manx, Cat Breed Guide


The Tasman Manx is a curly-haired coated domestic cat breed that can technically be called a variant, sub-breed or coat type of the Manx cat breed. This particular curly-coated cat breed is apparently the result of a recessive genetic mutation that appeared in the progenies of the Manx cats that were bred across Australia and New Zealand.

Today, the Tasman Manx is only recognized by New Zealand-based The New Zealand Cat Fancy or NZCF and the CATZ Incorporated Registry. The NZCF recognizes two official coat types of the Tasman Manx:

  • Shorthair
  • Longhair

The two coat types have different coat lengths and texture as stated on the NZCF’s official set of standards for the Tasman Manx breed. But the length and texture of the coat are not accepted to make the two types as distinct and separate from each other. This particular domestic cat breed is considered to be among the rarest felines in the world.


Official Name

Tasman Manx
The New Zealand Cat Fancy and CATZ Inc. officially recognize this breed under the name Tasman Manx. Both Shorthair and Longhair variants of this breed are called Tasman Manx cats. It was originally called the Manx Rex or Curly-Coated Manx line before being officially recognized under the current name.

This domestic feline breed is named after the Tasman Sea, the body of water between Australia and New Zealand that is locally called as The Ditch. The Tasman Manx can also be called the Tasman Cymric, Tasman Isle of Man, Tasman Isle of Man Longhair and Tasman Isle of Man Shorthair. All these terms depend on tail length. If a Tasman Manx cat displays no traces of the Manx gene, physically manifested on the face and also seen in the cat’s body shape and type, it can be called as the Tasman Rex.

All the mentioned alternative names are recognized unofficially by the NZCF. These names are being promulgated by the NZCF for potential sub-breed development but do not have an official set of standards for them. In Australia and some parts of the world, this cat of Manx stock is called a curly-haired Manx.


Technically, the Tasman Manx can trace its roots to the Isle of Man where the original Manx breed first appeared. But the Tasman Manx first appeared in 1998, originating Australia and New Zealand as a result of a recessive gene that caused a genetic mutation, producing curly-haired kittens within the litters of Manx cats that were locally bred in the Australian Continent.

Quick FAQs

Size: The Tasman Manx cat breed is a medium-sized domesticated cat.

Coat Type: Tasman Manx may come in both short and semi-long coat types.

Body Type: Tasman Manx has compact and muscular bodies.

Grooming Requirement: Tasman Manx with shorthairs are easy to groom requiring attention once every few weeks. The cats with longhairs will be more tedious to take care of and should have their coats combed and brushed at least twice a week.

Vocal Tendency: These cats are considered quiet when it comes to talkativeness.

Energy Levels: The Tasman Manx is not a timid cat and will be playful and energetic especially if raised in a family environment.

Time Alone: Tasman Manx cats require 4 to 8 hours of personal time every day.

Care: Tasman Manx requires average attention time and is normally easy to handle.

Recognized By

New Zealand Cat Fancy – Full recognition with breed code TMA and classified under the Tasman / Manx / Cymric / Isle of Man Shorthair & Longhair Breeds Group. The NZCF has an official set of standards for this breed and accepts it for Champion Class contests. The NZCF also recognizes two types of coat lengths but emphasizes that these types are not considered to distinguish the two as distinct and separate breeds. It is the only World Cat Congress affiliated feline registry to fully recognize the Tasman Manx.

CATZ Inc. Registry – List the breed under the Preliminary Breeds. The Tasman Manx has an Experimental Status and only shown for assessment purposes only.


The Tasman Manx may be considered as a very young domesticated cat breed of the Manx family, but it can trace its roots to the original Manx cats of the Isle of Man. These Manx cats are believed to be several centuries old.

New Zealand breeders recognize the modern Tasman Manx as the youngest breed of the Manx cat family. It chronologically follows the original Manx and the Cymric cats. The young Tasman Manx cats first appeared sometime in the year 1998 among the purebred Manx progenies in New Zealand and in the regions of Australia that are facing the Tasman Sea.

The genetic mutation resulted to Manx kittens having frizzled and thick coats that have guard hairs of in layman’s term, curly-haired coats. This type of coat is considered as Rexed, similar to the Devon and Cornish Rex cats. Shortly after the first appearance of these curly-haired Manx cats, New Zealand breeders began a genetic research program with these cats by mating them with the Devon Rex and Cornish Rex that are bred across the Australian continent. The results of the cross made with the Devon Rex cats produced a littler of only straight-haired kittens. While the crosses made with the Cornish Rex cats resulted in a litter with very noticeable and visible outer coats or guard hairs, which the Cornish Rex does not have.

The genetic research proves that he is a new recessive gene that is unique in the Manx cat family and very different from the Devon and the Cornish Rex cats. The New Zealand cat fanciers decided to pursue the curly-haired Manx cats and develop as a distinct and domesticated feline breed of Manx stock.

The official breeding development program was initiated by Ms. Debbie Monro of Morrinsville, North Island in New Zealand. Ms. Monro is also credited for establishing the Tasman as a distinct breed and also pursuing the breed’s official recognition by the NZCF in 2003. Ms. Munro is a well-respected cat breeder in New Zealand and runs the Boindebeel Cattery.


New Zealand cat fanciers are all too familiar and have grown an attachment to the Tasman Manx because of the breed’s very desirable traits. These are very friendly cats that will display mellow and even temperament. They are affectionate and very quiet, showing a very distinct vocalization that can be attributed to the same sound that female cats do while caring for their kittens.

Although not really talkative by nature, the Tasman Manx cats are known to “talk to people”, eagerly replying if their humans start a conversation. They are adaptable cats that can live in all types of a living environment. Overall, these cats are ideal family pets, great around children and have a very well-balanced temperament.


The Tasman Manx are very similar to the general conformity of the shorthaired Manx and the longhaired Cymric breeds, but with curly-haired coats.

Tasman Manx cats have medium-sized bodies that are compact and muscular in appearance. These cats have curly coats that are moderately curled. They are basically Manx or Cymric cats with a Rex cat-like coat.

Tasman Manx is muscularly built with compact bodies that are medium in size.

Head, Ears and Eyes
The Tasman Manx cat has a head that is considered fairly round in shape and large in size with firm muzzles and very prominent cheekbones structure. These cats have medium-sized ears that are wide at the base and tapering gradually to a tip that is rounded. Tasman cats have slightly oval-shaped eyes that tend to round and it has a slight angle towards the nose. The outer corner of the eyes is slightly higher than the inside corners. Eye color is dependent on the color of the coat.

Coat and Tail
Like the Manx and Cymric cats, Tasman Manx has three recognized tail varieties. These cats can be Rumpy tailed or without tails, Rumpy Risers or with knobbed tails and Stumpy tailed or with partial vestigial tails.

Tasman Manx Shorthairs have coats that are short and dense with a quality that appears well-padded. Tasman Manx Longhairs have medium-length double coats that are also dense and well padded. Both Tasman Manx coat variants are famous for their curly-haired coats.

The NZCF accepts Tasman Manx displaying all the colors and patterns that are recognized in the British cat breeds.


The Tasman Manx is prone to the same medical problems that commonly plague the Manx cat family and the Rex cat group. This is due to the inherited dominant Manx gene and the recessive Rex gene. Some of the alarming diseases known to affect this breed include various spine-related deformities, defects, disorders, diseases that can be fatal.



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