20 August 2019, 11pm EST
Hello and welcome!
It’s a wrap.
And thank goodness! As I’ve been marathon driving, since early last week and am bloody well tired of the affair. While I am committed to rising to the challenge? The last 100 miles were exactly that: a challenge. However, now? I am home and the doggies have been out for two hours playing and I’m into my second glass of rose.
Ziva and Koko were bred to Beckham. We did a collection and evaluation of his semen today to determine whether five ejaculations were too many for our Swedish stallion . . . and the numbers came back in our favor. Not only does this boy shoot energized swimmers? They have 95% motility and very, very few abnormalities. Exactly the opposite of my beloved Oliver after his symptomatic Lyme disease. I am very pleased that we managed breedings both early and later in the progesterone cycle of each girl. Fingers crossed for two bellies full of puppies!
We have begun BAER Auditory Testing on each of the animals in our breeding program. This past Sunday, we traveled to Amherst, NH for a BAER clinic at the Ponemah Veterinary Hospital and Beckham, Ziva and Koko were all tested. I am very happy to report that Ziva, Koko and Beckham were all evaluated as Bilaterally Normal. This is important! We do have deafness in our breed, as in many breeds of dogs – and while there is a genetic component to inheritance, the marker(s) have not yet been identified. While a lack of pigment is associated with some cases, not all white headed Tibetans are deaf and not all deaf Tibetans have white heads. Lack of pigment can mean blue eyes and this is a fault in the breed, too. Blue eyes will disqualify any Tibetan Terrier from competing in an AKC conformation competition. Blue eyes are EASILY seen, whereas deafness must be neurologically tested and animals can be deaf in one ear, neither or both ears. While unilaterally deaf animals can function quite well in the world, they are unable to locate sound origin easily. They will hear and the sound will get their attention, but they will have difficulty discerning from where the sound originated.
Some of you know that we’ve been eagerly awaiting the latest Canine Chronicle lists. They came out through 31 July 2019 and our boy GRCH Questa is ranked #5 nationally among the US Tibetan Terriers in breed points and only two points shy of his BRONZE medal. When considering all of the breeds in the Non Sporting group, he is ranked #7 nationally among the US TTs in all breed points.
A terrific achievement for such a young dog! He’s not yet two years old, but he sure is showing promise. I am more than pleased. In fact, I am delighted! Thank you to Rebecca Bradley for all of her wonderful grooming and handling efforts in his behalf. Yes, he’s a beautiful young dog – but I couldn’t do what Becky does and so, I say Brava, Becky! And thank you. HUGELY! ;>)
Every two years I keep two female puppies out of my breedings and 2019 is the next year to do so. We’ve got our first one out of Oskar x Billie and come October, if the Beckham x Ziva & Koko breedings go well? We just might have another female puppy to keep for observation. My intention is to keep females out of both Koko and Ziva, and compare what they produce to the female I’ve kept out of Oskar x Billie. She is sable coated Campari and she is an absolute dolly wolly with a nice short back who reminds me of Oliver, our GRCH Kensington’s Oliver Twist. Out of the three? I will keep two for study and possible inclusion in my future breeding program.
If you’re interested in a Kensington Tibetan Terrier puppy, our application process requires at least one visit to our home here in Stowe, Vermont, so that we can get to know you a little better and you can get to know us. There is HUGE VARIETY in the style and quality of care each breeder utilizes in the breeding and rearing of their puppies. You will want to find the best fit for your family; someone who will be there to support you over the years, if you need guidance or a second opinion. Visits help us all to get clear on whether we want to work together in the breeding and rearing of your next family member. Because frankly? I might not be the breeder for you.
Traditionally, I use repeat breedings to ensure that I know what will be produced in our litters and to work toward consistency in what I produce. If I breed a pair of animals two or three times and the offspring are all similar? I know that I can pretty much depend upon those animals ‘breeding true’. We try to keep our surprises to a minimum! Then, when it’s time for an outcross? I can better evaluate what I get and why.
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