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22 January 2018
Happy New Year!
Welcome to Kensington Tibetan Terriers! We are pleased that you’ve found us.
You might have googled: Tibetan Terrier puppies. We don’t have many – and deposits are now closed for our April and June 2018 litters. Should you be seeking a new companion, you are welcome to reach out and either telephone or email us at email@example.com An application can be sent to you via return email, so that we can learn a little bit about you and you can learn more about us on the application. Puppies will next be available in later fall 2018.
I’ve been ‘in the breed’ since 1992, when my first two TTs from Nina Wagner came into my life. 25 years later? We are a small breeding program located in Stowe, Vermont. Our foundation pair (stud and brood bitch) for our breeding program came from Shalimar and other New England lines in 2006 and I bred our first litter in January 2009. Now, I share my home with four female TTs: Ziva, my AKC Grand Champion female; Billie, my AKC Bronze Grand Champion pregnant female; Koko-loko (our 12 month old puppy) and Piccolo (my five month old puppy). They are first, second and fourth generation Kensington Tibetan Terriers. My next goal is to breed a new male to have in-house for the up-and-coming females. I think he might come out of Shadeacre Epic Moment x Ziva . . . we’re just waiting on the results of his last AHT test for RCD4 . . . Charlie is clear of everything else, as is Ziva.
For those of you who have been watching the adventures of Petunia? She left us this past weekend for a new home in Wayland, Massachusetts! She joined a very nice couple and their 16 year old son who lost their TT recently – and her new name is Scarlet. So far, she slept through the night and is trying to figure out which door leads to the potty area. ;>)
This past November, I flew out to Colorado to deliver a Kensington puppy to a family in Castle Rock who has another of my Kensington Tibetans. Amazingly, both this new puppy and the Kensington TT already in residence are full sisters, but from different breedings. The chances of this happening are quite small but boy, does it make me feel special for this to have happened. Of all the families out there with two of my dogs? Most of those families chose littermates. But this family in Colorado? They came back to me and coincidentally, got a sister from another litter. I am a big fan of repeat breedings, as they give me a better understanding of what will be produced in the second or third mating. Outcrosses are always full of surprise – and so, when I outcross? I do a dual sired breeding, so that I have a good chance of getting what I’m used to and then? Studying what the new bloodlines present. That is the REALLY fun part. ;>) And (of course) the only way to tell which puppy came from which sire is by DNA testing through cheek swabbing – which we can do, as each of our stud dogs has a DNA profile on record with the AKC.
ONGOING KENSINGTON NEWS:
Billie Jean was in season last month and we bred her to Beckham and to Kensington’s Sweet Baby James. This, was a dual sired breeding. Her pregnancy was confirmed by ultrasound last week. Assuming things go as anticipated, we’ll be expecting puppies in early February – and have them ready for their forever families sometime in April 2018. Our second litter of 2018 will be out of GRCH Ziva, with puppies arriving sometime in April 2018. We are expecting Ziva to come into season in mid February. All puppies from both litters are already reserved by deposit and, yes, there is a waiting list. But there is some good news: Yesterday, I drove down to the Catskills for a breeding between Maureen Dwyer’s CH Yonpo Starry Starry Night (her female) and our Yogi James (Kensington’s Sweet Baby James) and we got a tie! She was bred when her progesterone indicated that she was ovulating and then, four days later (yesterday). Those puppies will be available to their forever families in late May 2018.
While I firmly believe that I want only the strongest puppies to survive in a litter, sometimes a puppy needs a little extra help and tube feeding can give the nutrition necessary to maintain metabolic function and the additional energy necessary for growth. Sometimes the puppies work so hard to get on the nipple that they burn more energy than they’re able to take in from the mother’s milk. So, it’s my and our job to watch like hawks, weigh several times each day and advocate for any puppy who might need extra time on the teet. Tube feeding helps to compensate and delivers the extra calories for a little guy to thrive. We do use tube feeding, when necessary, but use no other extreme methods and prefer to give a puppy back to Mother Nature if he or she isn’t thriving within 48 hours. Otherwise, how could I stand behind the health of that puppy 110%?
Koko-loko, my twelve month old female, is loving hanging with her pack. She’ll go back out into the show ring next month with her handler, Rebecca Bradley. Whoo hoo! Koko has two Puppy Group 1s, has won her first Major and has seven points – needs another Major and 8 more points for her AKC Championship title. If all goes as planned, we will welcome her into our breeding program early in 2019, after she turns two.
Koko has the BIGGEST paws, gorgeous shiny black coat, sweet temperament, pretty lateral movement and gentle spirit. She is smart, playful, precocious and has a very pretty topline, too. Koko is our SECOND Bred By to earn a Puppy Group 1. Well done, my little one! Rocket was my first Bred By to earn a Puppy Group 1, some years back and under Mark Desrosiers.
Older puppies like Koko play an extremely important role here. They play with our seven to eight week old puppies, from the outside of the puppies’ X-pen. This is especially valuable for the puppies who are reserved for homes with a dog already in residence. The older puppy enjoys the stimulation and interaction – and the younger puppies get socialized with a dog other than their mother. The older puppy learns to be gentle and the younger puppies learn to approach with appropriate caution. Subsequently, these seven to eight week old puppies get individual socialization in the kitchen with the adult dogs. They learn ‘group sit’ and get exposure to vegetable treats, like carrots, squash, Asian pears (thank you, Peggy!) and broccoli stems. We also love treating with Stella & Chewy’s salmon and cod freeze dried meal mixers. All you need is one. ;>)
I am really happy with how Koko is turning out; HUGE paws, lots of bone, a self-entertaining orientation and she is sweet as honey. Plus, she digs a good hole and that helps Peter in the garden. These are all important criteria to be evaluated, before she makes the cut and goes out on the circuit to earn her AKC Championship – except for the hole digging part. And did I say beautiful shiny coat? ;>)
Please enjoy this little video of the puppies who left us this past summer for their new forever homes. The video was shot at our most recent play date in South Hamilton, Massachusetts. Since I require a visit to Stowe, Vermont, I usually offer my longer distance peeps the opportunity to come to the Boston area to pick up their puppy, instead of asking them to come to Stowe twice. I will never allow a puppy to fly unaccompanied and there are more direct flights into Logan, than there are into Burlington, VT. Driving from Stowe to South Hamilton is part of the car training we do and then, driving to Logan to meet peeps at the Logan Hilton is another option, if you’re coming in from far away. It works for everyone and, especially, for the puppies. ;>)
Should you be interested in a Kensington puppy and like to introduce yourself, we would welcome hearing from you. An application can be sent electronically for your review. Please be clear: We require that our future forever homes have previous dog training experience, regardless of breed. Tibetan Terriers are not the breed to ‘cut your teeth on’. They are a sensitive, intelligent, intuitive and athletic breed, with powers of discernment that can be challenging, if you have minimal prior dog training experience. I often describe TT puppies as ‘six year olds, in the making’. If you’ve raised any children? You’ll know exactly what I mean. As importantly? I only raise two or three litters in a year and so, I am committed to finding the best forever homes for them. My preference is to breed puppies for families who are already ‘in the breed’.
Billie Jean performed beautifully at the Westminster Kennel Club show in New York, last February 2017. It was our first Westminster show and an incredible ride. To be shown in a field of such terrific animals was a privilege and something I’ll never forget.
Billie’s lateral movement is lovely (her reach and drive) and she looked fresh & happy at Westminster. Non, she didn’t ‘ribbon’ – but it is still very exciting to me to have bred an animal who’s gotten this far, in limited showing. On top of Westminster, Billie earned her Bronze AKC medal last year. That takes 100 Grand Championship points, after the AKC Grand Championship title has been earned. Between Rebecca Bradley and Mark Desrosiers, they made it happen in the ring.
Our forever families often have to wait some months for a Kensington Tibetan Terrier, as we are a small breeding program. Our normal protocol includes progesterone testing to time the breedings, ultrasounds and XRAYs to confirm pregnancy and count skeletons, front and rear dew claw removal, thorough ‘Day Two’ and nine week vet wellness exams; first course of DHPP shots; pre and post whelping deworming with Panacure; a ten day course of Albon for coccidia; wormings with Nemex II at 2, 3, 4, 6, 8 and (sometimes) 10 weeks; car training, crate training and lots of interaction with a variety of humans and older Tibetan Terriers. All adults and older puppies are on Interceptor and so, the possibility of heartworm in ANY of our animals, pups or adults, has been eliminated. Oliver, the dramatically marked black and white dog in the rotating photos above, has been our resident ‘Mr. Manners’. His biggest role was to ensure that all puppies learned to approach with caution! And I think he actually had fun growling ferociously at the young puppies, so that they learned that unknown doggies aren’t necessarily as nice as their mum. ;>) By the time the puppies are twelve or thirteen weeks? He’s dropped that ‘Mean Mr. Mustard’ disguise and, instead? Loves group play and a good romp, especially with the girl puppies. Here is a very funny video of Oliver with puppies and you can actually see their confidence developing, as you watch.
For those of you more interested in the show scene than puppies, here is another photo of Billie (Bronze Gr Ch Kensington’s 1st Dance with Michael) with her Westminster handler, Karen Mammano. Billie is one of Kensington’s 2nd generation of AKC titled Champions. We’ve bred six Champions in three generations of breeding, plus two Grands and one Bronze. Additionally, we’ve earned another four Champion titles on our Shalimar foundation pair (Izzie and James), Oskar, and Georgie Girl. Koko (Kensington’s Nouvelle Mlle. Koko) will be our seventh bred-by Champion.
People have been encouraging me to show my own Bred-Bys in the ring, but I have always felt uncomfortable. I didn’t grow up ‘in dogs’. I grew up with European parents and spoke three languages, by the time I was eight. However, thanks to Lynne Fardell (a new friend and fellow TT breeder), we have turned my basement into a show ring. It is really wonderful, when new people pop into your life. I hadn’t realized that my basement offered so much value. Rebecca Bradley is now handling Koko professionally. She was Mark Desrosiers’ right hand gal and has proven herself as a fine handler, in her own right. I am very happy to have Becky handling my bred bys.
Toward that end, know that I am committed to AKC Championship titles as an important part of validating an animal for my (or any) breeding program. The American Kennel Club is the governing body over canines, if you will, and their stamp of approval is an important one to me. I believe that every responsible breeder should put their animals out for scrutiny and evaluation by AKC Non Sporting Group judges, without cherry picking the judges – and, yes, I know that provisional judges don’t necessarily award the ‘right’ or ‘best’ dog in the ring. Judging is subjective – that’s just the way it goes. Win some? Lose some. I am extremely proud to be breeding two beautiful AKC Grand Championship Kensington-bred females: our regal Ziva and the lovely Billie Jean. They are each terrific examples of the breed, with temperaments that are sweet, predictable and engaging. As you navigate your way among the Tibetan Terrier breeders out there, note the dates on when the sire and dam have last competed. If only the foundation animals competed and that was twenty years ago? That just doesn’t cut it, in my book. Wins like ‘Best of Breed’, ‘Best of Winners’ or ‘Best of Opposite Sex’ are commonplace, as an animal earns its points and Majors on the way toward the Championship title. They are required, in order to earn points toward the title. Cute photos of puppies shouldn’t be the only thing on a breeder’s web site. You should look to see a blend of science, experience, passion and love. And if you can’t find a breeder? Go to the akc.org web site and study the Breeder Referral list for your and surrounding states.
Why We Require Visits:
Tibetan Terriers are brave, athletic, sweet, precocious and engaging. Here at Kensington, we breed for brains, as well as beauty. Temperament is number one – health is of utmost importance, as is conformation to the breed standard – and we work hard and smart to help our bred-bys develop into emotionally secure, inquisitive and respectful Tibetan Terriers. They might not be the breed for you, which is why I don’t offer any of my animals to first time doggie homes. Tibetans excel in situations where they’ve been taught their boundaries and have humans in residence who enjoy their precocious eccentricities. They can be too much for a first time dog owner.
If, however, you have experience with dogs and you’re interested in one of our puppies, please know that we require at least one visit to Stowe from every serious potential forever family, in order for you to meet the pack and for us to meet you. We feel it creates tremendous value and we want to know that we’ve found the most terrific forever homes for our kids. If you live too far away to make the trip? Perhaps we can refer you to a breeder closer to you with a breeding program we respect and also admire. Or, perhaps we can SKYPE. One step at a time. Our breedings are limited and carefully thought through, every time.
WHAT WE LOOK FOR:
If you’re thinking about bringing a Tibetan Terrier into your own home life, you are welcome to call with any questions you might have. Please know that we receive many more inquiries than we have available puppies. With this in mind, we now prefer to place our puppies in forever homes who have prior experience living with a Tibetan Terrier OR who have lived with a beloved dog through the elder years and experienced the heartbreak of losing a dog to death. We do not offer our puppies to families seeking a ‘first dog’.
WHAT WE OFFER:
Here at Kensington, our commitment is to breeding friendly, smart, healthy Tibetan Terriers of handsome conformation & balanced movement within the breed standard, with friendly disposition & enthusiastic spirit. We use progesterone testing to time our breedings, genetic testing to manage our blood lines and breed our own AKC Champions selectively, always keeping the 14” – 17” breed standard in mind. While our personal preference is for smaller TTs, every litter offers a range of sizes and it really doesn’t matter too much, as adult weights tend to range between 20 and 30 pounds. A Tibetan Terrier of this size is easily managed, whether raised in an apartment with daily walks or in a house with a fenced yard.
It is our commitment to protect the breed standard, using modern science and the best subjective analysis possible. We genetically test the animals in our breeding program for Neuronal Ceroid Lipofucinosis (NCL/CCL), PLL, Canine Renal Dysplasia (although this Canadian genetic test has been challenged as flawed and is not a breed-specific test) and Progressive Retinal Atrophy RCD3 and PRA4. The lack of these genetic mutations can be described as ‘Clear by Parentage’ in progeny where both sire and dam tested ‘normal’ and ‘clear’ of the mutant gene. ‘Clear by Parentage’ is a terrific thing – but I do not rely on the assumption and I DO test every animal with the 4 way combo AHT English genetic test, before bringing them into my breeding program. Our breeding stock is clear of NCL and PLL and has been since 2010.
It is also important to me to repeat breedings, so as to fully understand what the genetic combinations of sire and dam produce. I am in no hurry and am working toward consistency in my breeding program. So, of course, I must clearly understand the variety that a genetic combination will produce, before breeding for a new member of my home pack and breeding program. Living with more than four dogs becomes stressful for me and so, I like to keep my home pack size small. I couldn’t do what I do, the way that I do it, with more than three or four dogs in residence at a time. And I’m extremely fortunate to have my four stud dogs living with other forever homes within easy driving distance.
Last May, I attended the National Conference of the TTCA (Tibetan Terrier Club of America), out in Clymer, NY. Koko came with me, my puppy out of 2016 Oskar x Kodi. There were two educational programs on Tuesday that I did NOT want to miss AND the Top 20 Invitational Dinner (of which our Billie would have been a part, except that she had puppies in the hopper). I picked up Billie’s beautiful Top 20 ribbon with the most gorgeous rosette on top. Here it is, on display in the corner of the living room in Stowe.
I am grateful for the privilege of being able to focus on my passion for my dogs, now that I’ve reached my ‘golden years’. This is my life and also made possible by my doggie au pairs. The TTs are my companions and I try very hard to give them what they need and want, without sacrificing myself.
We sincerely believe that a Kensington Tibetan will be one of the healthiest and best socialized TTs you’ll find available to you here in the States. The care and special attention we pay to nutrition, socialization and cleanliness set us apart from many other breeders. We like to keep our puppies until sometime between their ninth and tenth weeks of life, as the last week or two spent with the older animals truly helps them develop good manners. We live in the heart of the Green Mountains and enjoy terrific terrain and winter views. In the warmer months, we do water training. Regardless of season, our puppies will have had solo experience in a variety of crates and different rooms of the house, before they leave. We also do car training, in an effort to develop secure, confident and inquisitive animals who love going for rides. Our forever families will happily reference us and we welcome your inquiries.
PUPPIES will next be AVAILABLE this Fall:
While we strive to breed puppies for the most wonderful pet homes we can find, we also remain interested in hearing from show homes or from people interested in participating peripherally in my breeding program. If you have thoughts about such things, please share your thoughts and personal histories, when you return your application.
The KENSINGTON Community:
Enjoy your visit to our site. We welcome hearing from new friends and look forward to the opportunity to answer any questions you might have about the breed or our Tibetan Terriers. Those answers are often published as blog entries under the ‘NEWS’ tab on the far right up above. You may sign up to receive future postings under the NEWS tab, at the top of that page. If you’re interested in one of our puppies, please DO sign up, as that is where I will post the updates on breedings, whelpings and other things we learn or experience. There is an application you’ll need to fill out that I can email to you, before we can take your interest in a Kensington Tibetan Terrier forward. Remember, they are NOT terriers and we raise them lovingly in my Vermont home, as though they were our children.
There is also an active community of Kensington fans and forever families on Facebook. You are welcome to search for us there, too. FB is a great place to seek out other forever families with Kensington puppies. Doggies love play dates, especially with other Tibetans!
In the meantime, my name is Wendyll Behrend and you may ring me on my cell, should you have questions and a situation you’d like to address now. Sometimes I have older puppies or dogs available, but sometimes, not. Try me at: 781.254.9941
Thank you very much for your interest in my Tibetan Terriers.
Camille Manfredonia is our national club rescue coordinator. If you can open your heart and help our TTCA rescue and placement efforts? These little furry friends would be grateful. Please consider reaching out through the web and submitting an application to our national rescue organization.