Game of Thrones fan, Estelle, first breeder in France to have a litter of wolfdogs

Estelle Chapelin is the only breeder in France to have had a Northern Inuit litter.  She lives in Martigny (Seine-Maritime), near Dieppe.
Estelle Chapelin is the only breeder in France to have had a Northern Inuit litter. She lives in Martigny (Seine-Maritime), near Dieppe. (© Les Informations Dieppoises)

When we go to thebreeding Alfheim by Estelle Chapelain, at Martignyclose to Dieppe (Seine Maritime)you should not expect to see kennels with dogs who bark.

At home, it is gentleness and kindness that prevails for her dogs. So her pack, she simply hosts it at her home. For Estelle Chapelain, breeding is above all a passion and not a profession. Moreover, she works in the banking sector as an assistant in the professional department.

A favorite from a series

For 13 years, she has been raising Dalmatians, but for some time she has also started breeding Northern Inuit or Northern Inuit, which is its second denomination.

The Northern Inuit is a breed created since the 80s, resulting from several crosses mixing Huskie, Malamute and German Shepherd. The result is a Nordic-looking dog, pulling on the wolfbut with a calm, intelligent character.

Estelle Chapelain has fallen in love with this breed since she saw the series game of thrones where as a reminder, every child in the Stark family owns this type of dog in the first season.

Also, during a trip to Ireland, where she visited the filming locations of her favorite series, she came across, more or less by chance, a Northern Inuit farm. Some time later, Sansa, a beautiful female, was part of the family.

For Estelle Chapelain, the Northern Inuit is a dog close to children and a pot of glue:

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I like its primitive side, because after all, the wolf is the ancestor of the dog. The Northem Inuit has all the physical characteristics of its primitive ancestor, with the very wise character of a domestic dog. He is not an athletic dog like the Huskie who needs to exert himself a lot. The northern Inuit are more of a homebody.

Estelle Chaplain

Side measurements, the male measures from 64 to 76 cm and the female from 58 to 71 cm for a weight of approximately 30 kg.

First French breeder to have a litter

Passionate about these animals, Estelle Chapelain is in contact with the Northem Inuit Society based in England, which is the world reference for this breed, since in France, this type of dog is not yet referenced.

This passion for the Northern Inuit makes the Martinaise the first breeder to have a litter of Northern Inuit in France:

“To my knowledge, there are very few breedings of this breed, and I am the first to have a litter. »

It was Sansa, his 3-year-old female who gave birth to five puppies: Vignette, Tourmaline, Imogen, Jonah and Runyan.

Estelle Chapelain chose the first names of her puppies in reference to another series that she likes: Carnival Row.

Of the five puppies, one will go to Switzerland, another to the Channel, two others will stay in the region and little Vignette will stay with Sansa in Martigny.

A waiting list to get your dog

Among the future owners, some have been waiting for two years, so the demand is high:

“I already have requests from Lithuania, Germany and the USA, in addition to the whole of France, but I don’t want to hurt Sansa. Future customers are therefore on the waiting list for at least a year to a year and a half, I estimate the next litter for the end of 2023”, specifies Estelle Chapelain.

The latter reminds us that adopting a dog must be a thoughtful act because it involves a great responsibility, time and expense. She therefore takes many precautions before agreeing to let one of her little darlings go to a new family.

Practical: additional information on the Facebook pages Estelle Chapelain or Alfheim, but also by telephone on 06 17 98 38 44.

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