What is a Manx cat?

Manx cat - is a tail less cat found principally upon the Isle of Man a lozenge shaped island about 30 miles long and 20 miles wide, which is situated in the Irish Sea, at roughly the same distance from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The Manx cat is a common household pet on the Isle of Man and is easily recognized by its lack of tail, the pronounced hollow at the end of its backbone, and its very thick, or double, coat. Its back legs are longer than those in front and it therefore runs with a peculiar and very characteristic hopping motion. The Manx cat may be of any colour and its fur is short. It has the reputation of being an excellent mouser. The only other tailless breed is found in Japan. The Manx (Kayt Manninagh or Stubbin) is a breed of cat with a naturally occurring mutation of the spine. This mutation shortens the tail, resulting in a range of tail lengths from normal to tail-less. Many Manx have a small "stub" of a tail, but Manx cat are best known as being entirely tail less this is the distinguishing characteristic of the breed and a cat body type genetic mutation. The Manx are said to be skilled hunters, known to take down larger prey even when they are young. They are often sought by farmers with rodent problems. Manx cat generally prefer warmer climates without snow.

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