7 Tailless Cat Breeds (with Pictures)

The cat’s tail is one of its trademarks. You can tell a cat’s mood by its tail. Cats with tails use their tails to balance the action. So, it might be weird to see a cat running around without a tail. You might think it’s been disconnected from an accident, which might happen on occasion.

However, some cats are born without a tail (or at least a fat, swinging tail). The breed is usually started due to a natural genetic mutation during breeding, and oddly enough it is usually on the island. Today, kittens get bobbed tails when they receive the bobbed tail gene at fertilization.

Technically, the Manx cat is the only cat breed that doesn’t have a tail at all. In this list, we have also included a cat with a bobtail, to give you more complete information.

Let’s learn more about cat breeds without tails or bobtails.


7 Tailless Cats

1. American Bobtail Cat

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Lifetime13–15 years
TemperamentFriendly, affectionate
Weight7–16 pounds

The American Bobtail not only has a shorter tail as an indicator of its breed, it is also sought after for its friendly personality. These cats are big, their muscles are thick and their fur is smooth making them look big too.

The American Bobtail was bred in the 1960s when a couple took their bobtail cat and bred it with another street bobtail they found. All kittens are born with tails that look the same, and today, breeding for this trait continues.

2. Japanese Bobtail Cat

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Lifetime9–15 years
TemperamentActive, loving, smart
Weight5-10 pounds
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The Japanese Bobtail is the most common bobtail cat in its species. It is physically smaller than the American Bobtail, and has a fatter tail, more like a rabbit’s tail (also called a “pom”). Its roots go back to not only Japan, but also China, Tibet and Korea.

Japanese bobtails are usually calico, but they can also come in almost any other color. They used to be wild on the streets of Japan, but are now recognized as an official breed worldwide.

3. Manx cat


Lifetime9–13 years
TemperamentFriendly, loyal
Weight6–12 pounds

There was once a legend that the Manx cat had its tail cut off because it was late for the departure of Noah’s Ark and got its tail stuck in the door.

The Manx, the only recognized true tailless cat breed, originates from the Isle of Man between Great Britain and Ireland. The people of the Isle of Man are very proud of this fact, and the Manx can probably be considered the country’s mascot! The Manx adorns the island’s currency, stamps, shops, and even the company logo.

People love Manx cats for their looks and personality. They are stocky, muscular cats with short backs and large jumping distances.

4. Pixie Bob’s Cat

Pixie Bob

LifetimeAverage 15 years
TemperamentSmart, brave, fun
Weight11–22 pounds

While they may look wild, these Pixie Bobs are all domestic, according to DNA tests. Pixie Bobs look a lot like the American Bobtail, but they have shorter hair. They usually have cat fur of varying tail lengths.

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Instead of meowing, Pixie Bobs tend to make chirping sounds. They are quite gentle cats who like to be around people.

5. Kurilian Bobtail

Kurilian Bobtail Cat

Lifetime15-20 years
TemperamentIndependent and gentle
Weight11–15 pounds

The legacy of the Kurilian Bobtail lies in the Eastern Russian Archipelago, including Kamchatka, Sakhalin and the Kuril Islands. These cats are strong, love to hunt, and get along with other animals, even dogs.

They usually come in red, gray, and bobtail striped. Like the Japanese Bobtail, the Kurilian Bobtail has more of a “pom” shaped tail. People love these cats for their friendly personality.

6. Cymric

Lifetime9–13 years
TemperamentFriendly and unwavering
Weight6–12 pounds

Some cat breed associations refer to this breed as a long-haired version of the Manx breed. Cymric cats look much bigger than they really are because of their long coat.

Cymrics, like Manx, can be born with a fat tail or no tail at all. These cats are not bothered by too much activity, but you will want to interact with them regularly. They are cute and loyal to their owners.

7. Highland cat


Lifetime10-15 years
TemperamentConfident and active
Weight10–20 pounds

A cross between the Desert Lynx and Jungle Curls, the Highlander cat looks wilder than it really is. The highlands used to be called… but the name was changed in 2005. They have a unique appearance due to their curved ears and of course their stubby tail.

They make wonderful pets, although they are active and have a lot of energy. You’ll want to make sure they get plenty of play time with you and your family. One of the unique characteristics of the Highlander cat breed is that they love water and usually don’t mind getting wet.

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In short

Tailless cats are sought after not only for their obvious physical uniqueness, but also for their playful personalities. These cats are usually very sweet, friendly, and playful. If you choose to have your own tail or bobtail cat, we hope our list can help you choose the right breed for you and your family.

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