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1 December 2016
We’ve just come through a perfect breeding season, with progesterones taken on Days 7, 9, 11 and 14. We had natural breedings of Ziva to Yogi on the 12th and 13th of November, the first to ‘clean the pipes’, and then a collection, evaluation and artificial insemination on the 14th, to take advantage of our perfect progesterone numbers and objectively analyze Yogi’s semen. Ironically, the ‘days’ of Ziva’s season coordinated exactly with November’s dates – never has THAT happened before. Makes it quite easy, for the first month. Next milestone will be the ultrasound next Tuesday to count embryos. It has been tough waiting for that, as I am quite excited about this combination of Ziva x Yogi. Ziva is Gr Ch Kensington’s L.A. Noir, Aussi, our second kennel-bred Grand Champion. And Yogi is grandson of Gr Ch RinChen’s Blazing Black Icon, the 2013 #1 Tibetan Terrier in the US. We’ve got the best of Claire’s and my breeding programs coming together and beautiful puppies are destined.
While mine is not a particularly show driven kennel, we do have a Kensington female out on the show circuit now. She is Billie Jean (Gr Ch Kensington’s 1st Dance with Michael). Billie earned her AKC Championship title in 18 days and she finished her AKC Grand Championship title in Pennsylvania in October. Took her a week and a half. (Well, ten days, but who’s counting?) Now, she’s broken into the 2016 Top 20 US Gr Ch Tibetan Terriers list and we are in new territory. She has 41 points toward her Bronze medal and 130 All Breed TT points. We remain delighted that she has come this far and the rest is cause for celebration. Not only is she is our first ‘Bred By’ to make it this far in the show world, she’s had two litters and can still strut her stuff. Whoo hoo!
Thank you to Mark Desrosiers for showing her so well. Billie is an enthusiastic, sensitive, intelligent and athletic Tibetan Terrier with beautiful movement, who gave us our 11th AKC title, after 8 Championships and 2 Grand Championships (Oliver and Ziva). I firmly believe that AKC Championship titles are an important part of considering an animal for our 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. And I am extremely proud to be breeding only AKC Grand Championship females.
If you haven’t already been enchanted by Tibetan Terriers, prepare to be wow’ed by the enthusiasm, brains and agility of Kensington’s Tibetans. TTs are brave, athletic, sweet, precocious and engaging. We breed one or two litters each year and welcomed our 2016 litters on April 18th and June 5th. Georgie Girl and Oskar’s April 18 puppies have all transitioned very nicely into their forever homes. We did choose to keep Lily Rose as her mum’s successor.
Lily is squarely proportioned with a lovely gait and more body than her mum; medium sized, high ear set, nice tight tail and high tail set, and her temperament is happy and unflappable. Her angulation is nicely matched and she has strength & substance. Lily rolls over on her back for belly rubs, just like our Ziva. And she puts up with Beckham’s nine month old antics, beautifully. We are loving having her at home and will decide in the spring, whether to put her on the circuit or wait for her adult coat to come in, which has already started. She might, actually, be our first animal trained in tracking and nose work. Dear Becky boy has done his best to make a tom boy out of her, but she remains sweet, alert and unflappable. Beckham left us last weekend, for a couple of weeks with Mark. It is time. He’ll be nine months old on 2 December and a bit of travel and new exposure is key to his psychosocial development, at this age.
Billie x Oskar’s June 5 puppies left us mid August, for their new homes in Massachusetts and Vermont. We are now working with both LVVS in Vermont and the Broadview Animal Hospital in Rochester, New Hampshire for reproductive counseling. I am thinking of breeding Billie Jean to Beckham, next year.
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’.
Here at Kensington Kennel, our commitment is to breeding smart, healthy Tibetan Terriers of handsome conformation 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 test has been challenged as flawed) and Progressive Retinal Atrophy RCD3 and RCD4. 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 & PLL and have been, since 2010.
It is also important to me to repeat breedings and breed youthful females, so as to retire them sometime around their fourth birthdays. That gives me a chance for in depth study of what the genetic combinations produce and gives retiring brood bitches lots of time in their new forever homes. My life is rich with friends, real estate projects, my gardens and other interests, too. 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. I also couldn’t do it, the way that I do it, if I had to work full time. Instead, I work part time in a fine wine shop in Stowe, manage real estate for second homeowners and help my friends. 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. This, is my life.
We sincerely believe that a Kensington Tibetan will be one of the healthiest 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. The animals and I live right on Route 100 in Stowe, Vermont, a busy road with plenty of road noise and startling sounds. We are in the heart of the Green Mountains and enjoy terrific terrain and winter views. In the warmer months, we do water training and puppies will have had solo experience in a variety of crates and different rooms of the house, before they leave. Oh, and 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.
Mark Desrosiers of Tessahoc handles our TTs in the show ring and we thank him and Becky sincerely for finishing all of our breeding stock. Ziva finished her Grand Championship in September 2015, including the Best of Breed win at the Non Sporting Club of NJ show in New Jersey on September 3rd. Ziva is out of my Coppi to Polygor’s Brady; born 6 July 2014 up in Stowe, Vermont. She is a mostly black girl with red highlights and profuse coat. Her sweet and infectious enthusiasm for life and play are indicative of the temperament behind the lines we breed. Kensington’s L.A. Noir, Aussi is her registered name and her puppies will be born in January 2017. Hers will be our first litter of 2017 and deposits for that litter are now closed. We are still accepting applications and deposits for our second litter of 2017 puppies, who we expect to be ready for their forever homes later in April 2017, if Mother Nature performs as expected.
Please 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!
We have 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 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 dogs.