Karello Manx Cattery

Manx kittens & Manx cats bred by CFA registered Manx breeders. How to buy, adopt or acquire a Manx or Cymric kittens or cats. Breed information and descriptions, origins, myths and pictures.

GP, Karello's Sam's Rum Tum Tugger
Picture taken by Richard Katris of Chanan Photography.
~ Beloved Companion ~

"BANNAGHTYN Y" (Gaelic for "Greetings"), thank you for visiting our website and your interest in our Manx cats. We hope you explore the website thoroughly and learn as much as you can about the wonderful Manx breed we share our lives with daily. While visiting be sure to take notice of the beautiful pictures posted of cats that have been bred, shown and loved by various Manx breeders and their owners. We hope you visit often and drop us a line to let us know if you enjoyed the site. Looking forward to hearing from you.

We take great pride in being a part of preserving the Manx breed for future generations for the past 23 years. Our Manx and Cymrics are bred selectively to be sound, healthy, predictable, sweet, pleasant, lifelong companions. We do our best to ensure our Manx and Cymric are not abandoned or recycled like felines obtained through less reputable sources. If unreputable breeding and legislation continues down the path it's on, professional, home based, hobby animal breeders like us and those we work with could be on their way to the Endangered Species list. Animal rights activists and lobbyists want hobby breeders who breed their cats for their own enjoyment, to show and sell to the public, to stop breeding animals all together. Please show your support, adopt one of our registered companion animals. Your helping preserve the Manx and Cymric breed and breeders for our future.

About Us

GC, GP, RW Karello's Play It Again Sam's
Picture taken by Richard Katris of Chanan Photography.
~ Treasured Friend ~

Karello Cattery was founded in 1996. Shortly after, our first registered breeding pair were purchased from long time Manx breeder/CFA Allbreed judge Barbara St. Georges of Briar-Brae Cattery. Sadly, we lost Barbara April 2009, she is truly missed. The Manx breed and lines Barbara worked with can still be found in catteries today, including Karello. Karello Cattery is located centrally in rural Pennsylvania, close to Penn State University's main campus. We have a home based, hobby breeding service, there are no out buildings in which any of our cats are kept or housed.

Showing and breeding registered Manx cats has been my hobby for over 23 years. Karello cats and their offspring are registered with "The Cat Fanciers' Association", known as CFA, the predominant feline registry. Some of our cats are also registered under "The International Cat Association", more commonly known as TICA. I'm a member of the Manx Breed Council and American Manx Club and I own a lifetime cattery name in TICA. Our knowledge on the Manx breed, it's genetic mutations and limitations is extensive over the years.

My main goal and focus while breeding is to produce sound, healthy, well socialized Manx cats. We believed soundness is what is most important if youre to be serious about working with the Manx. Without soundness, you have no solid ground with which to build on. Keeping strict breeding standards has proven effective for Karello Cattery in the past. There has been very low health related issues linked to the genetic mutation associated with this breed. We produce Manx with sound bloodlines, charming personalities and solid bone structure.

We never breed our females to fill demand or to simply make a profit from by selling their kittens. We don't have kittens available at all times. We preferred to breed for quality not quantity. We specialized in short hair but produce both short and long hair (Cymric) Manx in our litters. We breed our cats in hopes of producing show quality Manx kittens (rumpies). Although, we produced more pet quality kittens (tailed or semi tailed) than show quality. We sometimes have registered, spayed/neutered retired breeders or show cats available.

Colors produced (in both hair lengths) are Black (with or without lockets), Black Smoke, Black and White (tuxedo and spotted), Red Tabby, Red Tabby and White (tuxedo and spotted), Tortoiseshell, Tortoiseshell and White, Tortoiseshell Smoke, Tortoiseshell Smoke and White, and Calico. CFA does not register Pointed, Chocolate or Lavender colors, due to the belief they are not naturally occurring colors to this breed. We don't breed for these colors, if produced they would be registered and shown in TICA. If you have a question not addressed in this web site, contact me to discuss it further.

What Is A Manx Cat?

The Manx is best known for being tailless, however not every tailless cat is a Manx. Manx cats that are born without tails have a naturally occurring genetic mutation which causes them to be born tailless or semi tailed. Being born tailless does not automatically default any cat to being a Manx breed cat. Just as not all Orientals are Japanese, a Japanese is an individual who has ancestry to Japan. Simply put, a Manx cat is a cat with ancestry to the Isle of Man. Regardless of its appearance, demeanor, tailed or not.

Manx parents produce kittens with varying tail lengths and personalities, all in the same litter. The true Manx cat is normally not the tailless cat you get from a pet store, farm, ad in a newspaper, back yard breeder or shelter, despite what they or your vet might tell you. Those cats are more appropriately referred to as being Domestic Tailless cats. Researchers have recently found there is a genetic difference between Manx and Domestic Tailless cats. (To learn more about the Domestic Tailless cat read my Manx Myths page.)

The terms below are commonly referred to in determining tail status with this breed.

Rumpy - A "rumpy" or "dimple rumpy" Manx is known for being tailless. They have a dimple or indent at the end of the spine where a tail would be, making them completely tailless.

Rumpy Riser - The "rumpy riser" comes in two different types. The "rumpy low-riser", appears to be tailless but has approximately one to three vertebrae fused to the end of the spine. These vertebrae can be felt slightly when standing up when the cat is happy or stroked on it's back. They often lay down, unnoticed when the cat is relaxed. The "rumpy high-riser" has slightly more vertebrae than a rumpy low-riser. The vertebrae are often visible under the skin as a bump at the end of the spine. When relaxed, the vertebrae can sometimes still be felt. It moves up and down but does not move left to right and it does not have a tail sheath (tubular piece of skin). The vertebrae can be "felt" and "seen" as it is judged, however it should not be high enough to "stop" the judge's hand from going over it. This is often interpreted differently by each judge. These cats are still considered tailless, are eligible for showing and should not be penalized from a judge by no placement.

Stumpy - This is a Manx with a shorter tail that is visibly present, with a tail sheath. It is movable from left to right and up and down. It varies in length, length can range from a 3/4 length tail to one that is as short as your thumb. Nonetheless, it is a tail. Some stumpy tails are so long they are mistaken for a tailed Manx. On the other hand, some stumpy tails appear to be rumpy hi-risers at birth but as the kitten matures it's obvious the tail is a stumpy and in that case is too long to be used for a show cat.

Tailed or Longy - This tail appears to be a normal length tail although it is usually missing a few vertebrae which is not always visually noticeable.

Dock - This is a tailed, longy or possibly stumpy Manx whose tail has been surgically shortened by a Veterinarian or breeder for cosmetic purposes.

Manx cat

The naturally occurring genetic mutation which causes taillessness the Manx breed is known for is often what is sought when looking for a Manx cat pet. This demand has led breeders to dock the tailed kittens tails to more easily find those kittens homes. This is not something that needs to be done for the health of the cat, it's only for cosmetic purposes. Manx have been born on the Isle of Man for hundreds of years with tails intact without ever having a higher rate of problems due to having a tail. Breeders in America are the only breeders who still do this. Other countries have banned this procedure and it's no longer desired. Happily, this procedure is now on the decline in America as American Manx breeders are educating people that it's not necessary to do. New owners are requesting their kittens tails not be docked at birth. I have left tails on before and have not had any physical problems reported to me because of this. These kittens are still 100% registered Manx cats. They are very lucky to have owners who are open minded enough to know the Manx cat is much more than just a tailless cat.

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