Ok I'm not exactly sure how to tag this or where to ask, but... Could someone create living, breeding-viable wolf adults with the genes responsible for Siamese points (as found in the cat breed), and various breed-acceptable coat colors?
The end goal would be a population of otherwise normal Siamese-point wolves capable of breeding with one another and regular wild-type wolves.
Even if a given gene already exists in dogs, they'd have to come directly from the cats and be spliced into the wolf DNA, no actual dogs could be involved. Any other methods of modern science and breeders are definitely on the table. The funding, time, space, food, equipment etc. are all available, and they have access to plenty of healthy wolves and cats for surrogates and such.
I'm not asking if wolves and cats can interbreed naturally (obviously, they can't). Nobody is going to be trying to inseminate cats with wolf sperm or vice versa, they're sticking to vectors and stuff.
If they did create living cat-color wolves, would the colors manifest in a similar way, in the face/ears/paws/tail but not the body? Basically if they had the exact same gene, would it show up in the wolves in a similar fashion. Would there be too much of a body temperature difference for it to show up at all, or would you just end up with a bunch of white or tabby wolves? Basically would the body temperature difference between wolves and cats mess it up too much to actually get points. Is it even theoretically possible, or are wolves and cats too different and the embryos would never develop into pups at all? On the off chance that the new gene or genes make something toxic to wolves and the pups would just die in utero. Thanks everyone!