Another gorgeous looking Manx Cat. This is the show type of Manx Cat – tailless, nicely rounded body. He leans forward like a hatchback car. He’s pretty fast too. He’s athletic and a good jumper because of the powerful hind quarters.
There is a lot of myth and legend surrounding the Manx Cat. This is probably because of the breed’s long history (several hundred years) and isolation on a small island (33 miles x 13 miles) off the English coast between England and Ireland (lots if legends there). As mentioned the Isle of Man used to be a place for smugglers to offload their goods from boats. It is said that a tailless cat jumped of a ship wreck in 1806. Another mentions a ship wreck of 1600 and so on. It is still not clear if the Manx was imported to the the Island from mainland continental Europe (as it is now) or the mutation took place on the island.