GALLERY: Manx

The 'Manx' or 'Rumpy Cat', named after the tail-less cats found in a colony on the 'Isle of Man' have, over the years, been a controversial breed. In the early days of the cat fancy, they were adored by those that saw them as singularly unique, for as well as being tail-less they had an equally unique gait, akin to that of 'a hare' or rabbit, when moving at any significant speed. Or, they were summarily ignored by those who considered that the tail of a cat was an essential feature that appealed to their sense of beauty, and that the Manx cat also lacked even the grace of its cousin, the English Shorthair.

Invariably they were described by earlier writers, in carefully applied adjectives such as 'quaint', or as 'a natural curiosity'. Mr. Charles Lane, who himself bred Manx before the turn of the century, tells us that at comparatively few shows were classes provided for this variety, and as a consequence they often had to be entered into the 'any other variety' shorthair category, where he states "they did not stand much chance of getting into the first three, unless exceptionally good in size and markings."

Mr. Harrison Weir has given us the earliest illustration known of a prize-winning Manx cat in the unnamed cat that leads in this 'Gallery of Manx'. This cat was a prize-winner at the Crystal Palace in 1880, 1881 and 1882. Mr. Weir tells us that it was eight years old at the time of this drawing (and the accompanying text). It was owned by a Mr. J.M. Thomas, of Parliament St. and described by Weir as 'a brindled tortoiseshell'.

Although the road for the Manx has not been an easy one, and only the most stalwart of fanciers have continued to support the breed over many decades, among the earliest being Miss Hester Cochran and Mrs. H.C. Brooke. Despite this, the breed has none-the-less stood the test of time and some very admirable examples of this still relatively rare variety have always graced the bench and continue to do so to this very day.

1880-1889
c 1880
Mr. Thomas' Manx
History

1890-1899
1896
1897
1897
1899
Katzenjammer
History
Bonhaki
History
Lord Luke
Pan

1900-1909
1900
1900
1900
1901
1901
Ballochmyle Bell Spitz
Manx Silverwing
History
Golfsticks
History
Snow
King Kangaroo
History
 
1903
1903
1903
1904
1906
Manximus
History
Rudolph Of Arrandale
The Deemster
Glencairn Manxie
Miss Polarite
 
1906
Mona Elysee

1920-1929
1922
1923
Katzenjammers Ghost of Cademuir
Chelsea Villish Mona Deen

1930-1939
1932
1933
1934
1936
1938
Ramtal's Snowey Manx
History
Ginger of Manx of Glen Orry
History
Hanna's Rosamond
Ramtal's Black Phoebe II
Briargate Boy of Ramtal
 
1939
c 1939
Black Bomber of Camp Manx
Paddy of Gallus

1940-1949
1940
1940
1940
c 1940
c 1940
Campbell's Sir Black Beauty
Mitzi of Weymouth
Tonty of Camp Manx
Jack Manx
Ramtal's Peter Pep
 
c 1940
1941
1941
c 1942
1943
The Farms Tinky of Camp Manx
Cindy of Camp Manx
Lucky Lois of Camp Manx
Guthred of Manx of Glen Orry
Pot O'Gold
 
c 1943
c 1943
1945
c 1949
Bradda of Glen Orry
Vyrneen of Manx of Glen Orry
Prince of Manx of Glen Orry
Pouchin

1950-1959
c 1950
1950
1952
Tyoh der Captain
Stonor Magnus
Bianco

1960-1969
1961
Wila-Blite Pola of Silva-Whyte

1970-1979
1976
Tetro Taiga of Kellogg


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