The tail is completely absent. At the end of the spine is a pronounced hollow.
The spine rises at the base upwards to a slight bow such, that the hand stroking
over the base will not be stopped in its movement.
Stumpy - A Manx cat with a short stump of a tail.
Sub-mental Organ - The small gland situated on a cat's chin.
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Short-haired stumpy Manx
Long-haired Manx (Cymric)
Manx cats exhibit two coat lengths. Short- or long-haired, all Manx have a thick, double-layered coat. The colour and pattern ranges exhibited should conform to the standards for that type of coat in non-Manx. ...
Typically these are tailless cats, however they can come in three different lengths: rumpy, rumpy riser, and stumpy. The 'rumpy' variety are those with no visible tail, and the 'stumpy' possess a very short movable tail, consisting of one to five vertebrae.
Stumpy: The Stumpy Manx has a partial tail that is longer than that of a Riser but still shorter than that of a Longy. Stumpies can move their tails, because their terminal spinal vertebrae are not necessarily fused.
The vertebrae-shortening gene that creates the ~ tails in Manxes is also the cause of a unique condition known as Manx syndrome. Manx syndrome describes any of the spinal defects the gene can cause, which are usually present at birth and often fatal.
A ~ has a short tail stump, which can usually be moved, though the tail is often curved, knobby or kinked.. A rumpy-riser has one to three vertebrae at the base of the spine that are usually immovable. Complete taillessness is called a rumpy.
The most striking feature of the cat is its small "stub" of a tail, which is classified into four varieties: rumpy, rumpy-riser, ~, and longy. Rumpy tops the popularity charts and is in great demand in show rings: these have no tail, with just a dimple present in its place.
"Ned is a Manx, but has what is called a "long ~ tail" so he is not tailless like most Manx. Ned has yet to meet any food he doesn't like and he has enough personality for three kittens.
The Japanese Bobtail's ~ tails resulted from natural mutation and are covered with thick fur. They come in short and longhair versions. This breed has a low kitten mortality rate and high disease resistance.
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Generally thought of as a tailless cat, however the breed comes in four forms; Rumpy, ~, Tailed and Cymric (longhaired version), with the Rumpy having no tail at all and being the only exhibition type. The Manx has back legs, which are longer than the front giving them their recognisable gait.
The "Manx gene" produces cats with tails of varying length, from the "longie" (normal tail) to the "~" (short tail) to the "rumpy" (no tail).
Variations to this exist in the breed namely, a Rumpy-riser has a small tail knob, a Stubby or ~ has a very short tail and a Longy has a shortened tail. They are calm and gentle in nature being affectionate to their owners and tend to follow them everywhere. They may be suspicious of strangers.
Rumpy (true manx) have no tail at all
Rumpy riser where a small number of tail vertebrae can be seen or felt
~ where the tail is longer, but deformed.
Longie the tail is longer than the previous three, but shorter than the average tail on a cat ...
A completely tailless Cymric is called a "rumpy"; the "rumpy riser" appears to be tailless but has one to three vertebrae fused to the end of the spine; the "~" has one to five normal vertabrae, which give the cat a short, moveable tail stump; ...
The Japanese Bobtail was noticed by visiting American show judges in 1963 and the first actual cats arrived in the United States in 1968. The Japanese Bobtail cat breed has since gained popularity very quickly. Its short tail is like the ~ Manx' tail but its is due to a recessive gene which ...
A "riser" may have a small amount of cartilage that is not visible as a tail, but can be felt under the skin. A "~" has a small visible tail, and a "longy" has a tail over 2 inches. Only the rumpy and the riser are permitted in the show ring, but all Manx cats should be welcome as lovely pets.
~ A Manx cat having a stump of a tail. Tufts Hair growing from the ears or between the toes. Whip A long, thin tapering tail. Seen in the Siamese, for example. Updated on July 20, 2000.
Sources: A Standard Guide to Cat Breeds, Richard H. Gebhardt, ed., McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1979, pp. 32-33.
See also: What is the meaning of Coat, Manx cat, Breeder, Rumpy, Show?