What Is the Difference Between a Manx Cat & a Lynx Cat?


There are so many differences between a Manx cat and a lynx cat that it might be easiest to start with the main similarity: both are members of the family Felidae, but they part ways from there. As a domestic cat, the Manx is part of Felis catus, while the lynx is Felis lynx.

Domestic vs. Wild

The greatest difference between the lynx and the Manx is their way of life: the Manx is a domestic cat, born and raised to live with people. The lynx is a wild cat, living naturally in Asia and North America, with a small presence in Europe. As a house cat, the Manx relies on her owners for shelter, food and the other necessities of life. She's enjoys the company of her family and is a playful, outgoing cat. The lynx makes his home in forests, prairies, scrubland and snow-covered terrain. Not only does he shun people, but he's basically a loner, preferring to live and hunt on his own, unless it's time to mate. This wild cat is a skilled hunter, dining on prey including squirrels, birds and mice. Larger lynx also hunt large prey such as deer, while the smaller Canada lynx enjoy the snowshoe hare as a dietary staple.

Physical Traits

The Manx is distinguished by her tail -- or lack of it. Some Manx cats are completely tailless and called rumpys, while others have shortened tails, ranging from a few vertebrae in length to a full-length tail because all Manx cats have a gene for a full length tail. The Manx shows a rounded appearance, particularly when tailless, with round eyes in a round head that sits on a body that has a rounded bottom. The Manx weighs between 7 and 13 pounds.

The lynx is distinguished by the black tufts of hair dotting the tips of his ears and his bobtail. He has long legs to help him navigate tricky paths, hair on the bottom of his paws and spreading toes, providing in traction in snow and slippery conditions. He has a thick coat to keep him warm in the cold climate he endures. The lynx weighs 22 to 44 pounds.

Types and Species

You can choose a Manx according to long or short hair, though both options have a double coat. She's available in a wide variety of colors and patterns, including white, black, red, smoke, tabby and tortoiseshell.

There are four species of lynx, including:

  • Canadian lynx, found in Newfoundland west to Alaska and into parts of the United States
  • Bobcat, found in North America
  • Iberian lynx, the rarest lynx, found in parts of Spain and Portugal
  • Eurasian lynx, the largest lynx, found in northern Europe and northern Asia 

The lynx tends to sleep during the day and hunt at night. He prefers private shelters, such as caves and thick growths of brush to protect him against potential predators, such as fishers and mountain lions.

Pixie Bob Cats

There is a domestic cat that resembles a house-sized lynx: the pixie bob. This breed's history is unclear; there is a theory that a domestic cat mated with a bobcat to produce this cute little cat. However the pixie bob may be a result of a genetic mutation. Regardless of her history, she has tufted ears similar to a lynx and a bobbed tail that brings to mind the Manx and the lynx. Weighing up to 17 pounds, she's an engaging, intelligent cat who enjoys the company of people.

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