Tibetan Terrier Pups planned for Summer 2017

Visit us in Stowe, Vermont or join us for a play date in 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

27 March 2017

Welcome to Kensington Tibetan Terriers!  We are pleased that you’ve found us.  While the puppies from our first litter of 2017 have all left for their forever homes, we look forward to our summer litter and news related to that next breeding will be posted here, first.  In the meantime?  Young Shalimar’s Prince has found his own forever family in Beverly, Massachusetts.  He is the first puppy out of Nina Wagner’s Shalimar lines, since she passed away last year.  We look forward to a repeat breeding of Shalimar’s Murphy x Piper, as Prince’s proportions, movement and natural stack are lovely.  He has matured into a sweet, affectionate, appropriately cheeky little male and we are pleased to have helped socialize him.


Our lovely Billie Jean performed beautifully at the Westminster Kennel Club show in New York last month.  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 moved beautifully and looked fresh.  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 she earned her Bronze medal, last Thursday in New Jersey.  That takes 100 Grand Championship points, after the Grand Championship title has been earned.  Tomorrow?  I drive to her handler in Catskill, NY, to pick her up and bring her home.  Billie will be bred this spring and we look forward to her next litter of puppies, this coming summer 2017.

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

I only wish my mentor and good friend Nina Wagner (of Shalimar) 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.  Her three brood bitches are now living with me and her younger sister, Linda.  I look forward to helping Linda continue the Shalimar breeding program that Nina worked so hard to develop.  Nina mentored me and it is my pleasure to share what I’ve learned with Linda.

The lovely Ameline loving the babies


We had our first litter of 2017 early in January and the Yogi James x Ziva puppies have joined forever families living in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Colorado.  We always have dew claws removed (front and rear), they had their first round of shots; a ten day course of Albon; wormings with Nemex II at 2, 3, 4, 6, 8 and 10 weeks; car training, crate training and lots of interaction with a variety of humans and older Tibetan Terriers.  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 not every new doggie is as nice as their mum.  ;>)


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.

Showing off her gait. Striding with poise. Westminster 2017.

People have been encouraging me to show my own Bred Bys in the ring – but I do not enjoy it.  I’ve done it four times with Coppi (Ziva & Billie’s mum) – and it was much more stressful, than it was fun.  Hasn’t ever bothered me, making presentations to bankers, lawyers or investors – but put me out in the ring and expect me to perform?  Much better for me to apply my time to raising & nurturing my own pack and the puppies I so love to breed for my peeps.  So, I say thank you to Mark Desrosiers, our professional handler, for showing Billie and all of the Kensington Tibetan Terriers before her, with skill and passion.  Mark has taken Billie into the 2016 US Top 20 and that is absolutely terrific!  She finished the year as the #14 US TT in All Breed Points and we are delighted.  And now that we’re in 2017?  The counting starts all over again and she finished January 2017 as the NUMBER 2 Tibetan Terrier in the US!  Whoo hoo!  (I can assure you that the chances of this happening again, are slim, indeed.  ;>)

Billie paying attention from the couch in Princeton, 2015

Billie is an enthusiastic, sweet, intelligent and athletic Tibetan Terrier with beautiful movement.  She sings and can leap over any and all gates.  Billie gave us our 11th AKC title, after 8 Championships and 2 other Grand Championships (Oliver and Ziva).  I firmly believe that AKC Championship titles are an important part of validating an animal for my 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 I am extremely proud to be breeding two beautiful AKC Grand Championship Kensington bred females: our regal Ziva and the lovely Billie Jean.


TTs 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.

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Rosie, nee Pearl (Billie x Oskar, 2016)

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Chico, ne Charlie (Billie x Oskar, 2016)

Billie’s 2016 puppies left us last August, for their new homes in Massachusetts and Vermont.  She was a terrific mom who loved attending to her puppies.

If 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.


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


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 (2016) 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 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 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.  Rather, I’d like to get a really good sense of the variety that a genetic combination will produce, before breeding for a new member of my home pack.  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 at Fine Wine Cellars in Stowe and am available to help my friends, when they need me.  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 down to Boston.  This, is my life.  The dogs are my companions and I am happily retired.

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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.  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.  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.

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

At this time, all of our puppies are reserved and we hope to have puppies next available in summer 2017.  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.

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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 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 first 2017 litter (Ziva x Yogi)

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.