Visit us in Stowe, Vermont
7 July 2016
Last October, Kensington Tibetan Terriers was granted the Breeder of Merit status by the AKC. We are proud to be acknowledged for all of the fine work we do and, especially, for our commitment to genetic testing, athleticism, brains and fine temperament. Congratulations to us!
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 two or three litters each year and welcomed our 2016 litters on April 18th and June 5th. Gigi and Oskar’s April 18 puppies have all transitioned into their new forever homes. We did choose to keep Lily Rose as a successor to her mum, Georgie Girl. Lily is squarely proportioned, on the smaller side, has a great head, high ear set, nice tight tail and high tail set, and her temperament is happy and unflappable. We’re going to keep her to study her over the next six months and then, decide whether to put her on the circuit or not. Billie x Oskar’s puppies are almost five weeks old and are enjoying Esbilac/rice cereal/crushed kibble slurry, as they begin weaning from their mum Billie. We have two sables and two blacks, all with white chests and white feet. These puppies will be with us until mid August, at which time they will leave for their new lives in their future forever homes.
If you’re thinking about bringing a Tibetan Terrier into your 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 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, as we take the Tibetan Terrier breed forward. We genetically test the animals in our breeding program for Neuronal Ceroid Lipofucinosis (NCL/CCL), Lens Luxation and Canine Renal Dysplasia (although the 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.
It is also important to me to breed youthful females, so as to retire them sometime around their fourth birthdays. That gives them lots of time in their new forever homes, allows me to bring in new puppies for study and keeps my home pack size small. My life is rich with friends, real estate projects and other interests. 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. I am grateful for the privilege of being able to focus on my passion, fun in the kitchen and my friends. This, is my lifestyle.
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. We do water training, when possible, and puppies will have had solo experience in many rooms of the house, before they leave. Our forever families will happily reference us and we welcome your inquiries.
Pamela and Mark Desrosiers of Tessahoc handle our TTs in the show ring and we thank them 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 show in New Jersey on September 3rd. Ziva is out of my Coppi to Nina Wagner’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 we plan to breed her in January 2017. Hers will be our first litter of 2017 and we are accepting deposits for her puppies, who will be ready for their forever homes in May 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 send to you, before we can take your interest forward.
We have an active community of Kensington fans and forever families on Facebook. You are welcome to search for us there, too.
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.