Tibetan Terrier puppies next available in 2018

Visit us in Stowe, Vermont or join us for a play date on August 12th in South Hamilton, Massachusetts

Kensington puppies are born on natural fibers and raised with green grass under their feet.

Kensington puppies are born on natural fibers and raised with green grass under their feet.

Beau, Oliver's littermate from our March 2009 litter

Beau, Oliver’s littermate from our March 2009 litter

8 August 2017

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.  But you are still welcome to reach out and either telephone or email us at wendyll.behrend@gmail.com  Know that we are a small breeding program located in Stowe, Vermont.  Here, there are twelve TTs living with us right now: seven eight week old male puppies, three adult females, eight year old Oliver and Koko-loko, my six month old female puppy who is leaving shortly for finishing school with Rebecca Bradley.  Whoo hoo!

Koko is out of 2016 Oskar x Kodi, a repeat of one of my mentor, Nina Wagner’s last breedings.

I think that Oskar x Kodi was designed to maximize as much as possible of my mentor’s favorite stud dog, Brady, in the puppies produced by this breeding.  Both Oskar and Kodi are Brady ‘kids’ and my breeding produced Koko, a mademoiselle with the BIGGEST paws, gorgeous black coat, sweet temperament, pretty lateral movement and enthusiastic spirit.  She is smart, playful, precocious and has a very pretty topline, too.

I had a chance to use Brady myself, before Nina died.  And my Ziva who is now pregnant, is a Brady daughter.  Brady does produce some beautiful puppies and my Koko is another one of them!

Kennel daylilies beginning their season. July 2017

Koko reminds me of Nina.  In my own thinking, I was comfortable with this breeding (even though the sire and dam share a sire), as the grand dams are both entirely unrelated to Brady – so, at most, it was 50% of Brady and 25/25% of the unrelated dams.  We know the genetics; we test everyone with AHT 4 way genetic combo tests from England and I study the coefficient of inbreeding (COI) quite seriously on the worldpedigrees.com web site.  Koko serves an extremely important purpose here, right now.  She plays with the young puppies, one at a time, whether in her crate or from the outside of their Xpen.  This is especially valuable for the puppies who are reserved for homes with a dog already in residence.  Koko enjoys the stimulation and interaction – and the puppies are encouraged to play with a dog other than their mother.

Billie, Ziva and Kodi waiting at the kennel door. June 2017.

I am really happy with how Koko is turning out; HUGE paws, lots of bone, a fine self-entertainer and sweet as honey.  Plus, she digs a good hole and that helps me in the garden.  And these are all important criteria to be studied, before she goes out on the circuit to earn her AKC Championship – except for the hole digging part.  ;>)

Two months ago, we welcomed puppies from 2017 Yogi x Billie into the world.  They arrived very early on 12 June and it was a free & easy whelping.  All of these puppies are previously committed by deposit and two will be Kensington’s fourth generation of AKC Champions.

Please enjoy this little video of Billie’s puppies.  I shot it a couple of days ago and it demonstrates how valuable old produce in your fridge can be.  I needed a group toy and had an extra organic cabbage that fit the bill nicely.  No fooling.  ;>)

Should you like to introduce yourself for a 2018 puppy, 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: that’s twelve to fifteen puppies – 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’.

RECENT NEWS:

Billie Jean performed beautifully at the Westminster Kennel Club show in New York, this past 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 and she looked fresh & happy.  It is still very exciting to me to have bred an animal who’s gotten this far, in limited showing.  Now, we are pleased as can be to report that Billie earned her Bronze AKC medal in March 2017.  That takes 100 Grand Championship points, after the AKC Grand Championship title has been earned.  Without Mark Desrosiers, our professional handler, this would not have happened, as I am still learning my way around the show ring.

Karen ensures the perfection of Billie’s stack. Westminster 2017.

I only wish my mentor and good friend Nina Wagner (of Shalimar Tibetan Terriers) were still alive to whoop and holler with me.  Nina passed away on October 23, 2016 in Massachusetts, having somehow fallen victim to mesothelioma cancer.  I look forward to helping Nina’s sister Linda continue the Shalimar breeding program that Nina worked so hard to develop.  Nina mentored me and it will be my pleasure to share what I’ve learned with her sister Linda and to act as a sounding board as she takes her journey down the path of breeding TTs.  I am not the only one willing to help, though; there are some lovely ladies in the Bay Colony TT Club who feel similarly and remain poised to help her, as soon as they’re asked.

The lovely Ameline loving the babies

PUPPIES!

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 developing embryos, 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, is our resident ‘Mr. Manners’.  He ensures that all puppies learn to approach with caution!  And I think he actually has fun growling ferociously at the young puppies, so that they learn 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.

SHOW UPDATE:

For those of you more interested in the show scene than puppies, here is another photo of Billie (Gr Ch Kensington’s 1st Dance with Michael) with her Westminster handler, Karen Mammano.  Billie is one of Kensington’s 3rd generation of AKC titled Champions.  We have four 3rd generation Champions (one Grand, one Bronze and two with the first level Championship title).

Showing off her reach and drive. Striding with poise. Westminster 2017.

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 with flat screen tv, three walls of mirrors and a rubber floor.  It is really wonderful, when new people pop into your life.  I hadn’t realized that my 34′ x 24′ basement offered so much value!  We held our third handling class last Friday, with four Tibetan Terrier puppies.  Kensington’s Nouvelle Mlle. Koko, will be introduced in Springfield, Massachusetts on 24 August in the 6-9 month class.  Rebecca Bradley is going to handle her.  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 her handle my bred bys, going forward.

Billie paying attention from the couch in Princeton, 2015

Toward that end, I am committed to AKC Championship titles being 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.  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.  Foundation animals having competed twenty years ago just doesn’t cut it, in my book.  And wins like ‘Best of Breed’, ‘Best of Winners’ or ‘Best of Opposite Sex’ are MANDATORY, as an animal earns its points and Majors on the way toward the Championship title.

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.

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Rosie, nee Pearl (Oskar x Billie, 2016)

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Chico, ne Charlie (Oskar x Billie, 2016)

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:

In the meantime and 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’.

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One of six embryos in Gigi’s tummy, Day 32. March 2016

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.

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Ben O’Brien (of Manchester By the Sea fame), enjoying our Gigi x Oskar puppies, Memorial Day weekend in Marblehead, 2016

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 proved ‘normal’ and ‘clear’ of the mutant gene.  In these cases, we do not test every generation.  In fact, our breeding stock is clear of NCL and has been since 2010.

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Going over the puppies from a fellow breeder’s litter, February 2016

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 four or five dogs in residence at a time.  And I’m extremely fortunate to have four sires living with other forever homes, within easy driving distance.  Plus, I couldn’t do it, the way that I do it, if I had to work full time.  Instead, I work part time at Fine Wine Cellars in Stowe, spend time in my garden and am available to help my friends, when they need me.

WB with Billie’s 2016 Top 20 ribbon

In late 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.  (Note: only one of the two mink teddy bears remains alive, as the little one got too close to Ziva’s crate and she and Oliver had a fabulous time ripping him to bits.  C’est dommage.  I won them at the TTCA auction this year.  Ah, well, it could have been worse!  My dogs could have shredded them both!)

Gracing the corner of the living room at Maple Street

I am grateful for the privilege of being able to focus on my passion for my dogs, fun in the kitchen with my friends and the occasional dog-free jaunt over the border and up to Montreal – or Boston or Paris.  This is my life and also made possible by my wonderful overnighting doggie au pairs.  The dogs are my companions and I am happily retired, after having had successful careers in real estate, sporting goods manufacturing and the wine industry.

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Bobby and Ava on the river, Summertime 2016

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 in 2018:
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My ‘desk’, when we have puppies in the house.

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.  Please share your thoughts and personal histories, when you return your application.

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Day One: Gigi and her pups on August 4th, 2015 (Yogi’s litter)

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.

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Who says that Tibetans don’t swim? Ava, 2015.

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

Yogi James, sire of Kensington's 2017 litters

Yogi James, sire of Kensington’s second 2017 litter (Yogi x Billie)

Thank you very much for your interest in my Tibetan Terriers.

Woof.  ;>)

RESCUE NEWS:

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.  Recently, there was a rescue operation in New Jersey and some very fine folks are working on placing a number of Tibetan Terriers from this particular effort.

http://www.ttca-online.org/html/rescue.html