The modern incarnation of this Romanian breed was reportedly developed by a number of enthusiasts who had decided to revive the old Caine Lup by breeding German Shepherds, captive wolves and various nondescript working sheepdogs of appropriate phenotype to their pure Carpatins. Unfortunately, the breeding selection was primarily based around physical appearance in order to establish a somewhat uniform foundation stock, with very little emphasis placed on temperament or working ability, which led to these modern crossdogs being largely ignored by both the rural herdsmen and the urban Romanian dog fancy. While there were occasional attempts by the fanciers of this breed to standardize the Romanian Wolfdog and gain official breed recognition in the late 1990\'s, the interest for both the original Caine Lup and the newly developed breed carrying its name has diminished in recent years. As is the case with most wolf hybrids, the Carpathian Wolfdog can be overly shy and independent, bonding only with one master while being aloof, and even unfriendly towards strangers.
Erect-eared, densely coated and fairly large, the breed is decidedly lupine in appearance, displaying a range of colorings, from white, cream and fawn to red, brown and gray, with or without white markings on the legs and chest. Average height is around 28 inches, with smaller examples being quite common.