A native of the Isle of Man off the British coast, the Manx is known for being the cat without a tail, though it can in fact have a tail or short stub. The Manx comes in both short- and longhaired varieties. It generally has a full, round face, short front legs and long hind legs. Sometimes the Manx look like it's sticking its butt up in the air, or as if it's ready to pounce, but this is a friendly cat.
Its tall hind legs let the Manx jump very high. This is an extremely playful breed, known for a high interaction level. Some liken its personality to a dog's, as it enjoys burying and digging up toys [source: Cat Fanciers Association]. Many Manx cats are very attached to their owners or families. Once they form their bonds, they're unlikely to transfer them to others. However, other Manx cats will show affection to anyone, including people outside their domestic families.
The Manx is a cat that should be kept indoors. For an outdoor, hearty breed, consider the Maine Coon.