Livre Officiel des Origines Félines

Breed's standard
Manx & Cymric

Head = 35 points

Profile = 5

Muzzle = 5

Nose = 5

Chin = 5

Ears = 5

Eye Shape = 5

Eye colour = 5

Body = 30 points

Neck = 5

Torso = 10

Legs and feet = 5

Musculature = 5

Boning = 5

Tail (or lack of tail) = 15 points

Coat = 15 points

Length = 5

Texture = 5

Colour = 5

Condition = 5 points

Permissible colours

Categories: all
Divisions: solid, tabby, silver/smoke, solid and white, tabby and white, silver/smoke and white
Colours: all

Permissible crosses

Manx X Manx
Manx X Cymric (Manx longhair)
Cymric X Cymric
Manx X British Shorthair
Manx X British Longhair
Cymric X British Shorthair
Cymric X British Longhair

There are 4 categories of Manx (or Cymric):
The rumpy which is tailless;
The rumpy riser which has a rise of 1 to 3 sacral vertebrae;
The stumpy which has 1 to 3 normal (caudal) vertebrae;
The longy which has a normal tail is considered as a breeding auxiliary and is not eligible for championship.
Rumpy, rumpy riser and stumpy Manx (or Cymric) can only be bred to longy Manx (or Cymric).


The Manx is a tailless cat, originated from the Isle of Man, where it occurred naturally.
The Cymric is the Longhair variety of the Manx.


the head is broad with well-rounded contours when viewed from any angle. The cheeks are full. The top of the head is rounded, followed by a slightly concave curve. The nose is short and broad. A slight stop is allowed. Adult males have definite jowls.


when viewed from the front or from the side, the muzzle is set in a well-defined circle with firm and full whisker pads. The nose and edge of nose are straight. The end of the nose is in line with the very firm chin.


round, big and well opened, the eyes are set well apart which strengthens the breadth of nose. The eye colour should be even and in relation to coat colour. The more intense and brilliant tones preferred.


wide at the base, the ears are medium to small, with rounded tip. They are set well apart and should fit into the rounded contour of the head.


stocky and muscled, the neck is very short, almost non-existent.


cobby in type, the body is compact, thick, muscular, strong and well-rounded. The back forms a smooth continuous arch from the shoulders to the well-rounded rump. The boning is strong, with a powerful musculature. The size of the body is medium to large.


medium, the legs are slightly shorter than the body. Their boning is substantial and they are strongly muscled.


round and firm.


the Manx is tailless. No penalty should be given for a slight rise of cartilage which does not stop the judge’s hand when the palm is stroked down the back and over the rump.

Coat and colour:


short, dense and thick fur, straight to the point where it stands away from the neck when the cat moves its head. It looks like a woollen carpet. The coat has a thick undercoat and gives the impression of a good natural protection.


semi long, silky fur, with a thick undercoat. Ruff and britches are well furnished.


Seasonal changes in coat texture are allowed.


texture can be somewhat different in cats other than blue, lilac or cream.


quality of texture can be different according to colours, but density must be the same.


Too long texture or lying down on the body in the Manx.
Lack of undercoat or density in general.
Flat forehead, stop too strong, nose too long.
Vertical ear set.
Short hind legs.
Flat back.
Cow hocks.

Withhold all awards

White lockets in non particolor cats.
Appearance too close to the Exotic or Persian.
Pinched nostrils.
Fine boning. Lack of muscle tone.
Long body.
Weak hindquarters causing inability to stand or walk properly.
General show penalties and withholdings.