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20 March 2018
Welcome to Kensington Tibetan Terriers! We are pleased that you’ve found us. We breed AKC registered pure bred Tibetan Terriers and most of our TTs are AKC Champions or Grand Champions. The mother of our current litter is Billie, AKC Bronze GRCH Kensington’s 1st Dance with Michael. Our Westminster Billie has gone farther in the show ring than any Kensington TT before her. One day, I intend to have one of my bred-bys qualify and be shown at Crufts. Now, THAT is a field of competition! Crufts had over 225 entries this year, while there were under 20 Tibetan Terriers competing at Westminster, both this year and last. We are so proud to have bred a Westminster competitor. I intend to breed a Crufts competitor, within the next few years.
Folks come to this web site for different reasons. You might have googled: Tibetan Terrier puppies. This year, we will have three litters and deposits are now closed. If our next two litters prove to be larger than expected, we will resume accepting applications with deposits in Fall 2018. In the meantime, we have a six week old litter in the house requiring daily love and care. Their pen includes a large tri-colored tunnel, dense ETHA foam blocks – sort of like giant Legos – and a full sized exercise ball. The puppies are now eating whole kibble, 1/2 cup 4x per day and nursing only once daily. Visiting hours have resumed and so far, we’ve had young children, teen aged boys and several new adults. Everyone loves handling the puppies and the puppies benefit enormously from the new exposures.
Check out this cute video from last Thursday . . .
Every breeder does things a little differently and through collaboration, I believe that we can help each other be the best we can be and raise the most wonderful pure bred puppies in our respective breeds. There are four other TT breeders and one Belgian Sheepdog breeder with whom I converse regularly. Whether it is to discuss ultrasound results, puppy constipation or talk each other through whelping? I believe that sharing experiences is the way to make it a better world, both in professional and in personal life.
Should you be seeking a new canine companion, you are welcome to reach out and either telephone or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org My forever families normally have to wait several months for a Kensington Tibetan Terrier puppy. If I am unable to help you meet your time frame, know that I stay in touch with several fine breeders and am happy to refer out to them, if I understand your situation. Regardless, an application is always required. One 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. Please know that it is my preference to breed and raise puppies for families already ‘in the breed’ and that we don’t normally place puppies in homes that haven’t ever raised a dog.
I’ve been ‘in the breed’ since 1992, when my first two Tibetan Terrier puppies from Nina Wagner (of Shalimar) came into my life. 25 years later? We are a small breeding program located in Stowe, Vermont; USA. Here, the air is clean and the mountains are beautiful. In 2006, the foundation pair (stud and brood bitch) of our breeding program were also chosen from Shalimar. James and Izzie were finished by Mark and Pam Desrosiers to their Championship titles in 2007. I bred those Champions in January 2009 and raised my first litter in March 2009. Now, four generations of breeding later? I share my home with four female TTs and three male puppies: Ziva, my AKC Grand Champion female; Billie, my AKC Bronze Grand Champion and her six week old boys (Tahoe, Jackson and Aspen); CH Koko-loko (our 14 month old young adult) and Piccolo (my seven month old puppy), who is out on the AKC Conformation circuit learning the ropes with Rebecca Bradley. She debuted in the ring on February 24 and her participation in that AKC show helped to make the 3 point Major that earned Koko her AKC Championship title. Soon, we’ll have a young male puppy joining us in the household from our current litter, I just haven’t yet decided which one.
We are settling into a new rhythm, now that Koko is home and Piccolo is out with her handler. The house is much quieter, as we have only adults in residence. A quiet household makes it easier for me to clip the puppies’ toenails more frequently, as everyone is more relaxed without puppy barking. The snow outside is fresh and still deep – and so, the tile floors stay quite clean. What a gift to me! Come mud season? This will all change.
Meanwhile, our outdoor temperatures are springlike and conditions on the mountain are great for spring skiing. These are also perfect conditions for snowballs on the dogs’ long coats . . . and so, each gets solo outdoor time. Then, they towel dry in the cagebanks that have grates for floors, so the snowballs melt and then? Ten minutes each, with a Les Pooch brush on the table. Koko earned her AKC CHampionship last month and returned with a coat in impeccable condition. So, the pressure is now on me to maintain it. She has the ‘Brady’ coat that my mentor Nina loved; it resists matting and shines naturally. And Piccolo has left for a month of travel with the ‘big boys’, so I don’t have to worry about grooming her coat. Piccolo will next be in the ring in New Jersey on 23, 24 and 25 March. Piccolo’s a 4th generation Kensington pistol with attitude, substance and a very sweet engaging disposition. Watch out world!
We are still waiting for our GRCH Ziva to come into season and it is about time. My hope is that we’ll have our baseline progesterone number on her by the end of March and then, prepare for breedings with Kensington’s Sweet Baby James and Shadeacre Epic Moment. Yogi is terrific and Charlie has such great proportions and a nice short back – it will be very interesting to see what he produces with Ziva. I saw a photograph of Charlie’s sister and she had the sweetest expression on her face. Both potential sires are 15″ and Ziva is 15 3/4″ at the withers. Yogi x Ziva will be a repeat breeding, as I love what these two TTs have produced in the past – they made our Piccolo! and all together? This will be a dual sired breeding: one repeat breeding and one outcross.
OUR CURRENT LITTER
Billie’s puppies will be six weeks old, come Thursday. They are sturdy, well fed and strong. The puppies’ teeth are very much ‘in’ and so, weaning is in process. I also provide a fresh water dish, as we don’t want the puppies to get constipated. We’re on puppy kibble four times a day – plus one nursing session daily.
Five weeks is the time to introduce carefully controlled sudden loud noises like a book dropping to the floor or a snowplow going by. The road noise is louder in the AGA room, as it is an end room of this house and has three exterior walls. It is also an entry/exit room and a second kitchen, so the sound of doors opening and closing will be added to the repertoire of sounds to which the puppies will become accustomed. They’ve heard the blender grinding kibble in the kitchen, the vacuum cleaner and doors slamming – even the vibration of large trucks going through the village. This week? It will be clanging pots, ambulance sirens coming off the mountain and NPR, at least twice daily. It’s also the time to expose the puppies to weird things like large rolling balls and soft toys flying through the air at them and sometimes, gently landing nearby or even on their bodies. And, the tunnel.
This first litter of 2018 is a very interesting one, as it is out of two sires (it’s called a dual sired breeding). I like to ‘hedge’ my bet, when doing an outcross, and I do that by using a sire I’ve used before, as well as a second breeding with a new sire. This way, I get a mix of what I’m used to and offspring from a new sire in the litter. Even though the puppy sizes and coat patterns suggest two puppies from Beckham and one from Yogi, the only truly accurate way to tell which puppy came from which sire is by DNA testing through cheek swabbing. We swabbed the babies March 5th and sent the swabs off to the AKC via USPS overnight mail. Each of our stud dogs has a DNA profile on record with the AKC (as do two of the mums) and both sires are clear of everything genetically problematic in our breed (NCL/CCL, PLL, PRA3 and RCD4), so the groundwork has been laid. We will have results mid April. Beckham was collected and his semen analyzed in December 2017 by my repro vets at Broadview in New Hampshire. His sample was terrific, with close to 900 million sperm collected, very high motility and low abnormalities. We will next collect and freeze his semen, when Ziva comes into season later this month. Beckham is Shadeacre Fast Love at Kensington and his sister took 3rd in the Crufts Mid Limit Bitch Class. She is Shadeacre Fly the Flag at Alilah and is owned by Mrs. Pat Tempest. We are very excited to see what our Beckham will produce with Billie and will find out mid-April, after the puppies have gone to their new homes!
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%? And with this litter? There is absolutely no indication of anything other than health and vigor, for which I am grateful.
We are always grateful to have an older puppy in residence to help socialize our young puppies. This time? We have Koko. She has been gently interacting with the puppies and loves licking the babies through the pen walls. This interaction is especially valuable for the puppies who are reserved for homes with a dog already in residence. The older puppy learns to be gentle and the younger puppies get used to a variety of dogs. Additionally, these puppies get individual socialization in the kitchen with the adult dogs. I have been carrying them individually around the house for two weeks, already. In the kitchen, they smell new things & try to stand and walk on the tile floor. Down in the AGA room, the sunlight is bright. Next week, we’ll introduce another of our puppy traditions: group play with an organic cabbage from Pete’s Greens. I get too many in my food share and have an organic purple cabbage in the fridge that I am holding for puppy group play.
While Piccolo’s gone, I will continue my research into degenerative myelopathy and dwarfism. We are participating in a study to determine baseline rates in Tibetan Terriers of a genetic condition known as Canine Degenerative Myelopathy. This study is focusing on older dogs of 8 years or more and our foundation bitch and older stud dogs are being tested. While there is no study of which I am aware for dwarfism, I remain fascinated with the history of this condition, too, and its presence in the canine gene pool’s having contributed to the development of several breeds, from pugs to the Welsh Corgi. I handled my first dwarf earlier this month and have learned there are several conditions that can result in miniature size or ‘dwarfism’. It is terrific to have been exposed to the real thing. We have dwarfism in Tibetan Terriers and the genetic mutation is present throughout the canine community. It is yet another reason that you should always seek a breeder who does the suggested genetic testing for the breed in which you are interested and why cross bred designer dogs might have double the inherent genetic risks from both breeds, and not just what we work with in pure bred dogs. It takes courage and intellectual objectivity to be an honest breeder, willing to share one’s experiences. I applaud the breeder who offered me the opportunity to handle my first dwarf. Everything to date has been hearsay and now? I have actually seen and handled a TT whose blood test results have indicated that he is, indeed, a dwarf.
Come April 7, we will be traveling to Springfield, Massachusetts for our Bay Colony TT Club supported entry with the Troy Kennel Club. Because this litter is showing such rapid physical and emotional development, I will be releasing the puppies at 8 1/2 weeks of age to experienced forever families. One family will meet me in Springfield and return to Connecticut by car. And the second family is flying into Logan on Friday and planning to leave with their new puppy on Sunday morning by return flight to Pennsylvania. I will never allow a puppy to fly unaccompanied to its destination, as there is no reason to subject an impressionable, sensitive and clean slate to such an experience. Since there are more direct flights into Logan than there are into Burlington, VT, we are happy to meet our peeps in Boston. Driving from Stowe, VT to Boston, MA is part of the car training we normally do with every litter. And driving to Logan to meet peeps at the Logan Hilton can always be combined with a social visit to our Boston area friends, which is important for my mental health.
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 most appropriate forever homes for them. My preference is to breed puppies for families who are already ‘in the breed’.
MORE BILLIE HISTORY:
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 didn’t ‘ribbon’, last year – but it is still very exciting to me to have bred an animal who went that far in limited showing. On top of Westminster, Billie earned her Bronze AKC medal in 2017. That takes 100 Grand Championship points, after the AKC Grand Championship title has been earned. She is our only GRCHB medalist, to date.
Our forever families usually 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 has been 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.
MORE KENSINGTON SHOW NEWS:
For those of you more interested in the show scene than puppies, here is another photo of Billie (GCHB 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 seven Champions in three generations of breeding, plus three Grands and one Bronze. Additionally, we’ve earned another four Champion titles on our Shalimar foundation pair (Izzie and James), Oskar, and Georgie Girl. Piccolo (Kensington’s Pic, Pic, Piccolo!) will be our eighth bred-by Champion and Koko (Kensington’s Nouvelle Mlle. Koko) may soon be our fourth Grand Champion.
People have been encouraging me to show my own Bred-Bys in the ring, but I have never felt comfortable in the ring. I was out four times with Coppi and we DID earn one point. I’ll never forget one particular judge. He said, “You have a beautiful bitch. However, you need some work.” If I get my mojo, I just may hit the 6-9 month ring with Piccolo, come April 7 at our Bay Colony Tibetan Terrier supported entry.
I didn’t grow up ‘in dogs’. I grew up with European parents and spoke three languages, by the time I was eight. However, we have turned my basement into a show ring with three walls of mirrors and I practice with the new puppies. I hadn’t realized that my basement offered so much value! Rebecca Bradley will continue handling my Tibetans professionally and I will introduce the young dogs to being handled on the table and led out, back and around our mirrored basement ring. Becky was Mark Desrosiers’ right hand gal and has proven herself to be a fine handler, in her own right. I am very happy to have Becky handling my bred bys and I will continue practicing at home, to get the puppies ready for her professional hands.
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 which 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 what you win, 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, AKC experience, passion and financial stability on the breeder’s web site. 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. We do not use any overhead stimulation, as our experience has been that this leads to jumping and hind leg postures. Jumping is a hard habit to break and skeletons & joints take two full years to develop – so, upright postures are not something that I encourage.
Tibetans might not be the breed for you, which is why I don’t offer any of my animals to first time doggie homes. They can be too much for a first time dog owner, because they are a very intelligent breed and can sometimes be a little willful and a little too smart. Tibetans excel in situations where they’ve been taught their boundaries and have humans in residence who enjoy their precocious eccentricities. Management through distraction is often necessary with younger puppies and positive corrections are mandatory. Negative corrections can totally undermine a Tibetan’s mindset. And teething can sometimes be challenging, as they are a sensitive breed and the constant ache can affect their behavior.
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 AKC registered 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. Four month old Koko came with me; our first road trip! There were two educational programs on Tuesday that I did NOT want to miss AND the Top 20 Invitational Dinner (of which our GRCHB 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 in 2019:
While we strive to breed puppies for the most wonderful pet homes we can find, we also remain interested in hearing 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 If I don’t have a puppy for you and you’d like a referral to another breeder; just call and maybe we can find a new companion for you. I have successfully helped to re-home adults from other breeders, whose breeding programs and honesty I respect.
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.