Wolves, dogs etc are not unfair in combat at all. They're mostly one hit kill if you use igni. I mean, a pack of wolves is supposed to be dangerous isn't it? As for liking the style, it might be personal preferance, but I like it cause it feels it has depth (and not shallow like SoM as someone mentioned) I'm having fun with it. But then, I had fun with the combat in Witcher 1 as well! (and also Gothic 3, as this discussion reminds me of that)
Maybe there's an exploit that you can use (spam dodge and slash), but we could also try to be more creative and try out all the available options! As a witcher, you've got a huge array of tackling a combat scenario, and that in itself is exciting. It's not the kind of combat I'm used to, so it feels fresh. I feel it's not clunky, just something different, and that's enjoyable. I'd be bored if it was something like SoM or Batman which would essentially remain the same in its style of play from the 1st hour to the 200th.
If you have a problem with the floaty, Geralt-on-skates kind of walking/ running style (especially on controller), then I completely agree. Guess they kept the ice skating feature in after all eh? ;)