Isle of Man
The Manx Cat, from the Isle of Man, is one of the oldest breeds of
domestic cat, and an assortment of fanciful legends have grown up during its
- The Manx Cat is the result of mating between domestic cats and rabbits.
(This accounts not only for the reduced tail, but the strange hopping gait
caused by its unusually long back legs.)
- A pair of Manx Cats insisted on one last mousing trip even as the flood
waters rose around Noah’s Ark. At the last possible moment they rushed on
board, just as Noah was closing the door. The heavy door slammed shut on their
beautiful busy tails and severed them. They were saved from the flood, but
their tails were lost forever.
- Mother Manx Cats bit off the tails of their kittens when they were born
to save them from Viking invaders who stole and killed them, using their tails
to adorn their helmets.
- Samson was swimming close to the Isle of Man when he was caught by a cat
which nearly drowned him with its long tail. To defend himself, he severed the
tail and from that day onward, the cats of the Isle of Man had no tails.
- A feudal lord increased his revenues by taxing cats’ tails. The population
of the Isle of Man rebelled against the tax by cutting off the tails of all
The Manx is a study in contradictions -- quiet but active, shy but
friendly, witty but reserved, clever but trusting. There is a problem in that
the Manx gene is semi-lethal. If a Rumpy Cat (no tail at all) is mated with
another Rumpy, the kittens will die. There can never be a true-breeding Manx
Cat as a tailless Manx may only mate successfully with a partially tailed or
fully tailed Manx.