The Himalayan came about through breeding of Persians and Siamese ~ bringing us the cobby body, flatter face and luxurious long fur of the Persian with the beautiful color points of the Siamese. And of course, the vivid blue eyes of the Siamese are a must for a Himalayan. At times the eyes will be wide open, perfectly round and Persian like, and at times they will slant and angle much like a Meezer!
The "tortie point" [short for tortoiseshell] is often thought of as the darling of the himmie world and the glorious rainbow of himmie color points.
It is really only two basic colors: black and red, appearing on an ivory or fawn colored body, and will only be found on a female as the tortie point coloring requires two "X" genes.
The color points will be most prominent on the ears, legs, feet and tail ~ and the face mask. These color points will reflect the basic point colors but will be subtle in tone and shading, blending in with the body fur coloring to create the "rainbow".
Maggy's color points are truly exquisite and I recall when we adopted her as an 11-month old. We took her for the first vet visit and the vet remarked that it would be nice to allow her to have at least one litter because she was such a "perfect specimen for her breed, with amazing colors". A little part of me has always regretted that did not happen . . .
Maggy's meezer-color-points are beautiful. The reds and blacks becoming gold, orange, rust and blending outward from her facemask and her ears . . . and maybe not so tortie, but that little white star on her forehead!