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Checking Out Cat Breeds: The Manx and The British Shorthair

As we start exploring and investigating the interesting cat breeds of the world, it is our goal to expose them to people who might become would-be cat owners. In this article, we will check out the Manx and the British shorthair.

The Manx

Manx CatThis breed of cat is quite unusual. For starters, we notice the telltale sign of a true Manx which is the fact that they have no tail. Its body type is very similar to that of the, which we will discuss later.

A true Manx actually has a stump where it still should be. A common myth is that this poor cat was late arriving at the Ark as Noah closed the door on its poor tail-or as the story goes.

Many cat experts believe that the original versions of these cats arrived in the 16th century at the Isle of Man. It is thought that galleons brought them from the Far East. And since the silence is very isolated, the animal’s tail-lessness was actually perpetuated.

However, in the end it is the Manx’s extremely unique appearance that has made it a popular breed over the centuries. As far as temperament goes, this animal was very good-natured, it is intelligent, and makes a very affectionate companion. This breed can actually be seen in most any shorthair type of code with the exception of lavender or chocolate point markings.

The British Shorthair

British ShorthairThis wonderful animal has a healthy, sturdy, muscular body and short powerful legs. It has a dance, short code that comes in overriding of colors such as solid black, peer white, blue smoke, silver tabby, cream coloring, tortoise shell, spotted, by colors, and tipped.

It is also characterized by a wide rounded head, a short straight nose, and typically round large eyes.

Many of the solid colors of this breed were developed around the 19th century. They were selectively bred from the best of stray cats that could be found. The poor black version of the British shorthair was caught up and victimized by the superstitions of the Middle Ages. Unfortunately, many of them were burned alive.

As the breed became more developed, some the more sophisticated colors and patterns started becoming prominent. For instance, the British Cream shorthair became quite popular in the 1920s. And then later on the British Blue-Cream shorthair gained popularity in the 1950s.

Next came the sophisticated fur patterns such as the British Tabby shorthair, which has a very stunning coat. Another recent version of the British shorthair is the tortoiseshell which can often be seen having unique patches of red and cream throughout their coat. And then there is the British Spotted shorthair which is also stunning to admire.

All British shorthairs are considered to be good natured and very intelligent. They are also very affectionate and make great companions.


Hopefully, when you decide to become a cat owner or even to add a member to your existing cat family, you will consider looking at one of the wonderful cat breeds. As you can see, either of these two breeds will make a wonderful pet and a loyal companion. Do what thousands of happy cat owners have already done and get yourself a feline – once you do, you will be hooked!

Read more about Manx >> http://cattime.com/cat-breeds/manx-cat#/

Read more about British Shorthairs >> http://cattime.com/cat-breeds/british-shorthair-cats#/

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