Whoo hoo! Koko won the Major in Springfield and finished her CH!
24 February 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.
We have an awful lot going on and are happy to share the following news:
Koko won Best of Breed and Winner’s Bitch on Thursday in Springfield, MA! A 4 point Major! And today? She JUST won the 3 point Major, having beaten all of the Class girls, and she’s in the ring RIGHT NOW for the Breed Competition. Rebecca Bradley was the human on the other end of the lead and they’re also entered tomorrow and next weekend in Springfield, again. We’re going for a Grand Championship title on her, now. ;>)
And AZA boarded with us yesterday for the day, as her humans are here in Stowe for a skiing vacation and thought they’d take a day trip up to Montreal. So, we had the lovely Aza; always the PERFECT houseguest and she just folds into the pack and goes with the flow. Aza is a Georgie Girl puppy, her sire was Oskar. Her humans have taught her some great tricks, including jumping through a hula hoop, over your arm and playing the piano. She’s from lines that put their bone on a little later and as expected, she has filled out with substance and is no longer a feather!
And it’s looking like our GRCH Ziva is coming into season and it is about time! Very soon, we’ll be getting our baseline progesterone number on her and then, preparing 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. Both 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 – and all together? This will be a dual sired breeding: one repeat breeding and one outcross.
Folks come to our site for different reasons. You might have googled: Tibetan Terrier puppies. This year, we will have three litters and deposits are once again open for our June/July 2018 puppies. Should you be seeking a new companion, you are welcome to reach out and either telephone or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org An application 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. Puppies will next be available in late spring/early summer 2018. Please know that it is my preference to breed and raise puppies for families already ‘in the breed’ and 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 came into my life. 25 years later? We are a small breeding program located in Stowe, Vermont. Our foundation pair (stud and brood bitch) for our breeding program came from Shalimar in 2006. They were finished by Mark and Pam Desrosiers to their Championship titles. I bred these Champions in January 2009 and raised my first litter in March 2009. Now, 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 two week old boys (Tahoe, Jackson and Aspen); Koko-loko’s out on the AKC circuit (our 13 month old puppy) and Piccolo was out in the ring today for her debut (my six month old puppy). They are first, second and fourth generation Kensington Tibetan Terriers and not necessarily in that order. My next goal is to breed a new in-house stud out of one of the Shadeacre boys from Markus Gisslen for our up-and-coming females and we just might have one in our current litter, as the three puppies we’re watching are terrific. Billie’s my Westminster girl and her sire was the #1 USA TT in 2013. Her grandfather is Rowan and he is also behind Beckham and Yogi, too. So, it is what I would call a ‘related’ outcross and that is more comfortable to me than a total genetic outcross.
We are in new territory with Billie’s puppies, as this morning? Aspen recognized me, wagged his tail and waddled over to greet me! Their senses of sight and hearing are now fully developed. I still keep the light dimmed or off in the room, until they’re three weeks old or so. At that point, we introduce Esbilac on our fingertips. Once they’re familiar with the taste/smell of the mother’s milk alternative, we serve it in a flat dish and wait until they learn to lap it up on their own. I have spreadsheets of each litter’s progress and have created a protocol, using the combined experience of our previous 16 litters. Now, at Day 15, Billie’s off the frozen loin lamb chops and instead, she begins her day with Sojos veggies with Stella & Chewy’s patties. She’s also on probiotics and Royal Canin kibble for lactating bitches and very young puppies. And I dehydrate pasture raised pork liver in strips in the AGA, so there is always dried liver and sweet potato chips available as treats.
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. This can be done at any time after birth – but I will wait until four weeks of age, so that it’s not quite as invasive a procedure to the babies. Each of our stud dogs has a DNA profile on record with the AKC and both sires are clear of everything genetically problematic in our breed, so the groundwork has been laid. 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. All, very exciting to me. ;>)
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. Piccolo will be the ‘older’ puppy for Billie’s 2018 puppies. She was born on 24 August 2017 and it will be both her delight and responsibility to play with our seven to eight week old puppies, from the outside of the younger puppies’ X-pen. This interaction is especially valuable for the puppies who are reserved for homes with a dog already in residence. Piccolo will LOVE the stimulation and interaction – and the younger puppies will get socialized with a dog other than their mother. The older puppy learns to be gentle and the younger puppies learn to approach with appropriate caution. Additionally, these seven to eight week old puppies get individual socialization in the kitchen with the adult dogs. Sometimes I carry them around the house and other times, they learn ‘group sit’ and get exposure to vegetable treats, like carrots, squash, sweet potato chips, Asian pears and broccoli stems. We also love treating with Stella & Chewy’s salmon and cod freeze dried meal mixers – and Helm’s dehydrated organic beef liver from Snug Valley Farm. All you need is one tiny little piece, as these are the highest possible value treats for training. ;>) And another tradition here is group play with an organic cabbage from Pete’s Greens. I get too many in my food share and am happy to donate one to the puppies for group fun. This litter has an organic purple cabbage waiting in the garage fridge for future play, unless I use it in the soup I am about to prepare.
Please enjoy this little video of the puppies who left us this past summer for their new forever homes. The video was shot at our most recent play date in South Hamilton, Massachusetts. Since I require a visit to Stowe, Vermont, I usually offer my longer distance peeps the opportunity to come to the Boston area to pick up their puppy, instead of asking them to come to Stowe twice. I will never allow a puppy to fly unaccompanied and there are more direct flights into Logan, than there are into Burlington, VT. Driving from Stowe to South Hamilton is part of the car training we do with every litter and then, driving to Logan to meet peeps at the Logan Hilton is another option, if you’re coming in from far away. It works for everyone and, especially, for the puppies. ;>)
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 best 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.
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 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 was 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 (Bronze Gr 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.”
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! Rebbecca 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 the 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 practice 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 when 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 required, 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. 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, because they are a very intelligent breed.
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 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 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 this Fall:
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. 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
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.