Cue Computerphile ambient background sound here.
The thing about werewolves in movies is that the costume designers, artists, and other special and practical effects folk have to compensate for a thing when designing the wolfman:
Wolves are cute, see pic related.
Thus, designers have to either horrifically deform the creature, just like with pugs; or tack a few "wolf" features onto a human, usually resulting in either Chewbacca or nightmare fuel.
The former is actually interesting for me, as most of those werewolves have a shaggy, partial coat instead of a wolf's floof. The snout and claws are often deformed too, but I threw those out the window.
Now, werewolf transformation is irreversible in my setting, so their bodies should be usable in day-to-day life. In layperson's terms, Freddy-Kruger talons would make fine-manipulation and going to the toilet a nightmare (not just on Elmo Street). Well then, splish-splash, they go into the trash! But there's also the question of floof.
Werewolves are larger and heavier than regular wolves and also bipedal. Humans have evolved this nice thing, called "sweating profusely", which allows us not to fry while in a car in Florida during summer, whereas our dog would become Chinese food (please don't ban me) under those circumstances.
I want werewolves to retain some of the floof, but I think even a wolf's summer coat is too thick for them. Sure, I now have a get-out-of-jail-free card for why werewolves walk around shirtless, but a thick coat also tends to hide away gains.
So, I was sitting here, contemplating the ideal length for a werewolf's summer coat. It has to be enough to provide the same warmth as a thicker shirt, but without compromising thermoregulation. I also want to have thicker parts, usually around the neck.
How thick should a werewolf's floof be and how should thicker parts be distributed across the body then?
Werewolves are upright creatures with proportions and body plan, similar to humans', the obvious exception is their head. Adults stand at around 180-200 cm in height and weigh 145 kg on average, thanks to their developed muscles.
I guess the most "appropriate" climate for them is in Germany and maybe Hungary. Though those places don't exist in the setting, you can still copy their climates.