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19 September 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 email@example.com 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 now a small breeding program located in Stowe, Vermont. Here, there are four TTs living with us right now: three adult females (Koko’s on the circuit) and eight year old Oliver. Our foundation pair (stud and brood bitch) for our breeding program came from Shalimar in 2006 and I bred our first litter in January 2009. Oliver was my pick from that first litter and he will welcome you, when you visit. He is my Mr. Perfect; my dollie wollie polliwog lolli pop! Oli keeps my feet warm in winter and in summer? He entertains me with his affectionate antics.
On 24 August, we welcomed Yogi and Ziva’s six girl babies into the world. This was a repeat breeding and Lynne Fardell of Sunsi TTs helped us with the whelping in the middle of the night . . . and we thank her sincerely for making this stressful process feel a bit more civilized. Yogi’s human mum, Cheryl Mattiace, was here with Yogi to help for six days, including keeping me (and the various humans in the house) fed and my other doggies exercised and happy. She also kept us in chocolate, courtesy of Laughing Moon Chocolates in Stowe. And Cheryl’s returning today! Yogi’s having his hips XRAYed, now that he’s two years of age, and we’re going to go over the puppies to evaluate their attributes.
Cheryl is a wonderful friend and has been a terrific help, during the last four years. She actually saw Billie in the ring this past February at Westminster 3D, while I was up in Vermont caring for my dogs! Maybe we’ll send Billie out again for 2018 with Becky? That has yet to be decided – but we know for sure that Billie and Koko will both be in the ring in Springfield for our BCTTC Specialty, October 22.
Maureen Dwyer of Yonpo TTs has been here to help, too, especially through the Miracle Nipple affair. If anyone can calm me down? It is Maureen. So, that makes three Tibetan Terrier breeders under one roof – proving, once again, that it takes a community to raise a litter. ;>) And when Lynne’s upcoming litter is born in two weeks . . . and Maureen’s litter by Yogi x Tika is born in November? They will be collaborative efforts, as we each wait for requests to help one another.
While I firmly believe that I want only the strongest to survive, 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. Unfortunately, the male puppy who was born of normal weight, lost one precious ounce during his first day of life and never regained his birth weight. So, by Day 10, I made the ugly decision to euthanize him, as I stand 110% behind any of the puppies I’ve bred and I could not commit to his being a terrific Kensington-bred puppy. Now, the six female puppies are getting all of my and their mother’s attention. Eyes have opened, they’re no longer moving like drunken sailors and we are accepting visitors, once again!
Meanwhile, Koko-loko, my eight month old female, is due back this coming Monday, after having been out in the show ring with her handler, Rebecca Bradley. Whoo hoo! She passed my six month observation test and made the cut. So, off she went, debuting last month in Springfield, Massachusetts. Kensington’s Nouvelle Mlle. Koko is her registered name and she was born on 27 January 2017. She is competing in the 6-9 month class for females and won Puppy Best in Show on Friday, September 1st! If all goes as planned, we will welcome her into our breeding program in 2019, after her two year birthday. Here is a video of Koko and her littermates from this past March, when she was only two months old. She is the black puppy in the whelping box. Enjoy!
Koko has 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. And from what Becky’s told me, Koko’s well behaved, when solo in the ring. Give her other winners? And she wants to chase the one in front of her. Little bitch has some learning ahead of her! But Becky tells me that she is beginning to show well – and she is our SECOND Bred By to earn a Puppy Group 1. Well done, my little petunia! Rocket was my first to earn a Puppy Group 1 under Mark Desrosiers.
Koko will serve an extremely important purpose here, upon her return. She will introduce herself to our five 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. Koko enjoys the stimulation and interaction – and the puppies get socialized with a dog other than their mother. She will help Ziva raise her puppies through the weaning process and then? Once they’ve moved into their forever homes? Koko will go back out into the ring in the 9 – 12 month class, where she will be more competitive and less of a puppy. By then? I will expect fine performance in the ring, points and Majors!
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 Peter in the garden. And these are all important criteria to be evaluated, before she goes out on the circuit to earn her AKC Championship – except for the hole digging part. And did I say beautiful coat? ;>)
Please enjoy this little video of the puppies who left us mid-August for their new forever homes. I shot the video in July 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’.
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. And it is still remarkable to me that she remains in the 11th position nationally, among the other 2017 Top 20 Tibetan Terriers in the country.
Billie’s lateral movement is lovely 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 in March 2017. 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.
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. We have re-homed two of the three brood bitches Nina left behind and Nina’s sister Linda will keep Piper permanently. Kodi has been spayed and will move to Massachusetts/New Hampshire on October 15th and Mitzi has moved up to Quebec as the first of two TTs in their new family. Mitzi and her humans will welcome one of the females from my current litter and then? She’ll be back to queen of her pack and will have a little sister to help raise.
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.
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).
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 handling 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.
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. 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.
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’.
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 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.
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.
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!)
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.
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:
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.
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.