The wolves in my urban fantasy series can be considered “werewolves”. Likewise, they can be shifters. When I first started writing and the world of the Lang grew in my head, the idea that they were actually wolf-weres became stronger.
For people who play D & D, you might be aware that wolf-weres are actually wolves who can shift into human. I think there are authors who have explored this concept as well in fantasy and paranormal fiction.
Yes, the Lang are wolf-weres, of sorts.
Yet, I sometimes wonder if we as authors are splitting hairs when it comes to terminology. And if so, why?