The overall appearance should be that of a medium-sized, compact, muscular cat. The Manx has a head that is fairly round and large with a firm muzzle and prominent cheeks, short front legs, height of hindquarters, great depth of flank, and a short back which forms a smooth continuous arch from the shoulders to the round rump.
The coat is short and well-padded with a crisp texture, which varies with coat colour. Sparse furnishing in the ears and no tufts between the toes exemplify the Manx as a shorthair cat. Should appear tailless.