Is Dracula a werewolf?
For those who are not overly familiar with dracula, one of the most interesting pieces of information about him is that dracula is a shapeshifter. Specifically, dracula can shapeshift into a wolf! Of course, he is known to shapeshift into other things as well – specifically a bat, a large dog, fog, and mist. For our purposes however, the fact that he can shapeshift into a wolf is particularly interesting. Since werewolves have also been known to be able to shapeshift into wolves, does that make dracula a werewolf!?
Traditionally, the role of shapeshifter has pretty much exclusively been associated with werewolves, not necessarily vampires. Modern day vampires, specifically, have dissociated from the shapeshifter identity. Historically however, shapeshifting was indeed a part of a vampire’s skillset – numerous legends, myths and stories make mention of it.
So, to the question on if shapeshifting makes dracula a werewolf, the answer is pretty straightforward: No. Just because dracula can shapeshift into a wolf does not make him a werewolf!
The answer is much clearer when you think about the fact that not all shapeshifters are werewolves. In fact, shapeshifters are their own entities. Shapeshifters are creatures or beings that can transform their physical selves into something else. History, legends, myths, and tales all site a varied assortment of shapeshifters that can transform themselves into any type of animal one can think of. In fact, some can even transform into inanimate objects!
Dracula is a vampire. He is a creature that subsists on blood. He is a member of the undead. And while yes, he is a vampire that can shapeshift into various things (including a wolf), he is NOT a werewolf!