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

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

When we go tobreeding Alfheim by Estelle Chapelain, at Martignyclose Dieppe (Seine Maritime)do not expect to see kennels with dogs there is barking.

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

A favorite from a series

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

The Northern Inuit is one race created since the 80s, as a result of several crosses that mixed the Husky, Malamute and German Shepherd. The result is a Nordic-looking dog that draws you in wolfbut with a calm, intelligent character.

Estelle Chapelain has fallen in love with this breed since watching 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 of her favorite series, she came across, more or less by chance, a northern Inuit farm. Some time later, Sansa, a beautiful female, became part of the family.

For Estelle Chapelain, 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 highly intelligent nature of a domestic dog. He is not an athletic dog like the Husky, who needs to exert himself a lot. The northern Inuit are more of a homebody.

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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

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

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

“As far as I know, 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 for her puppies in reference to another series 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 prospective owners, some have been waiting for two years, so the demand is high:

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

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

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

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