Manx - MAN
This is a preliminary standard.
Final version is to be approved by the Standard Commission, and will soon be published.
The Manx is a tailless breed that originated naturally on the Isle of Man.
Top of head
Fairly round and large with prominent cheeks. Top of head is flat.
Muzzle and chin
Strong muzzle, with large round whisker pads. Definite whisker break. Firm chin and even bite.
Moderately rounded forehead. Nose broad and of medium length without any break, but with a gentle dip from forehead to nose
Large and round and set obliquely, at a slight angle toward the nose, outer corners slightly higher than inner corners. Colour preferably in keeping with coat colour.
From a flat, broad plane of head, the medium-sized ears are angled gently outwards, with a gentle flare from the base of the outer ear to a narrow, rounded tip. They are open at the base and set rather high on the head.
Size and boning
The medium sized cat is solid and compact.
The back is short but not overshortened and ends in a totally round rump (round like an orange). The height of hindquarters equals the body length. The deep flanks are an essential feature of this breed.
Short, thick neck.
Legs and paws
The legs are muscular, the front legs are short, set well apart and display a broad chest. The hind legs are longer than the front legs. The paws are round.
The following tail varieties are recognized:
Double-coated showing a well padded quality arising from a short, very thick undercoat and slightly longer overcoat. The double quality of the coat is of far more importance than colour or markings, which should be taken into consideration only if all other points are equal. A softer coat may occur in whites and dilutes due to color/texture gene link but should not be confused with the silky texture found in the Cymric.
The colours not belonging to the original gene pool (chocolate, lilac, cinnamon, fawn, caramel, colourpointed, sepia and mink colours as well as their combinations with white) are not recognized. All other colours and patterns are recognized. Any amount of white is permitted.
See general part.
Special breed faults
Eyes not obliquely set.
Definite and prominent rise of bone or cartilage at the end of the spine interfering with the roundness of the rump, such that it stops the hand.
Evidence of weakness in the hindquarters preventing the cat from moving and standing normally.
Recognized for breeding only: Stumpy - The tail should not be longer than 3-4 cm.