Champion Kensington Tibetan Terriers

The importance of AKC Championship titles


22 February 2018

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Rarely seen! WB and Coppi in the ring. Fitchburg 2011.

Our sires and dams travel the circuit and work toward earning their Championships (and Grand and Bronze Championships) under the dedicated and talented handling of professional handlers.  We’ve used Wendell Sammett, Mark & Pam Desrosiers and now, Rebecca Bradley.  It is extremely important to me to submit our Kensington-bred TTs to a jury of Non-Sporting judges for objective scrutiny and comparison against other Tibetan Terriers within the breed standard.  When Kensington dogs finish their titles, it is with the stamp of AKC approval that defines them as exemplifying the breed standard and capable of maintaining or improving the overall quality of future Tibetan Terriers.

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Ziva, winning Best of Breed in New Jersey, September 2015.

GRCH Kensington’s L.A. Noir, Aussi

Ziva is a second generation Kensington Tibetan Terrier and our fifth brood bitch.  She is a titled Grand Champion and has whelped two litters.  She is our 2nd Grand Champion (Oliver was first and Billie is the third) and she was most recently bred to Kensington’s Sweet Baby James in June 2017.  Her handler Mark Desrosiers described her as ‘lovely’ and very much the ‘type’ we look for in the Tibetan Terrier standard.  She is a solid, strong ‘genetic tri’ with a profuse coat and measures 15 3/4″ at the withers, right within our 14-17″ breed standard.  LOVES to play!  Loves people and we are very much enjoying having her home with us, again.  The lines behind Ziva and Yogi complement one another very well.  I believed that this breeding could produce exceptional animals and chose to keep a female, as she showed herself to be beautifully built, sweet and smart.  While I had considered using two sires in this litter, an idea suggested by one of my repro vets, Dr. William C. Truesdale of the Hi-Tech Kennel and founder/owner of the Central Avenue Veterinary Hospital in Seekonk, Massachusetts, I decided to repeat the breeding and kept my pick out of her most recent litter, her second.  That pick bitch is Kensington’s Pic, Pic, Piccolo!  Pic was born on 24 August 2017 and is a delightful addition to our home pack of five girls.  You will meet her, when you visit.  She will compete in her first AKC Conformation show this Saturday, 24 February on her 6 month birthday!

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Billie on the table at Westminster 2017. Handled by Karen Mammano.

GRCHB Kensington’s 1st Dance with Michael

Our gorgeous Billie’s puppies have been strong, handsome and happy.  She skipped a season, so that she could compete at the Westminster Kennel Club Show in February 2017 and was bred in December 2017 to Kensington’s Sweet Baby James.  We got three gorgeous boys and I will be keeping one, just not yet sure which one it will be!  Billie last left for the circuit on October 20th, 2016 to earn her Grand Championship title and earned the 1st Award of Excellence at the Eukanuba/Royal Canin AKC National Show on December 17th, 2016.  This was our most prestigious Award of all time.  Billie’s movement is absolutely beautiful and her angulation is very nicely matched, front and rear.  She is very sweet, intuitive, communicative and highly intelligent.  Billie competed at the Westminster 2017 show and earned her Bronze Championship in March 2017.  The puppies from our current litter are all reserved by deposit.  She will be retiring to a wonderful forever home later this spring and I look forward to staying in touch with her new family.

Sire of our December 2013 litter, Coppi to Michael

Sire of our December 2013 litter, RinChen’s Blazing Black Icon

Here is a show photo of Gr. Ch. RinChen’s Blazing Black Icon, Billie, Annabel and Whittaker’s sire.  Michael was the #1 Tibetan Terrier in the USA in 2013, the year we bred our Coppi to him.  His kids, Whitaker and Billie are in our breeding program now and were sire and dam to our two 2015 litters, Gigi to Whit and Billie to Oskar.  That’s my mentor Nina Wagner, pictured on the right (in the photo on the left) and holding the award certificates for RinChen’s Michael at our Bay Colony Club Specialty in 2014.  And that is Mark Desrosiers, handling Michael.  Sadly, Nina passed away on October 23, 2016.  I miss her every day – but I was gifted with my pick of her three brood bitches and so, I still have a bit part of her in my daily life through my Koko-loko, daughter of Kodi – a Brady girl.

Markus Gisslen showing Moses, Sire of Beckham, 2016

Markus Gisslen showing Moses, Sire of Beckham, 2016 (Ti La Shu Just Magic for TazzJazz)

Kensington and Shalimar Champions are routinely used in our breeding program and occasionally, we use Champion studs from other breeding programs where both kennels will benefit from the lines being brought together.  In April 2016, I imported a wonderful Swedish prince from Kennel Shadeacre.  He is Shadeacre Fast Love at Kensington.  While my mission is to produce the healthiest and most intelligent animals for our forever families, beauty and conformation to the Breed Standard are also important attributes I keep in mind.  And would you look at that coat?  Fantastic!  That is our boy Beckham’s sire, Moses.

Beckham's vehicle of choice, my 2004 Audi TT, April 2016

Beckham’s vehicle of choice, my 2004 Audi TT, April 2016

Kensington Tibetan Terriers are known for their fine temperament and athleticism.  Shadeacre Kennel is known for coat, strong bodies and beautiful movement in the show ring.  Puppies from Kensington’s 1st Dance with Michael to Shadeacre Fast Love at Kensington are highly anticipated by both myself and Markus Gisslen, breeder of my Beckham.

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James, with his coat in the wind in Vermont

CH Shalimar’s James of Kensington

James was my foundation stud dog.  Izzie was twice bred to James, and Coppi was also twice bred to James.  (These were my first two brood bitches,  mother Izzie and daughter Coppi.)  James’ temperament was warm, gentle and caring.  We are proudest of him for having helped his human forever dad through speach therapy after a mild stroke.  James listened to every word read to him by his human dad, as though he understood the stories and regardless of pronunciation.  My heart glows, every time I think about what a good boy he was, for so many reasons other than his performance in the show ring.  While AKC Conformation Championship is very important to me, it is the wonderful joy experienced from the human/dog bond that drives me in my breeding program and keeps temperament (and genetic management) at the forefront of my strategic thinking.  James’ blood line comes through Georgie Girl, as they share the same sire.  We have Yogi, now.  He is out of Whit x Georgie Girl and he has sired six litters, four of ours and two with Maureen Dwyer’s girls, Tika and Star.  Tika is Yonpo Tika Lina of the Esha Kapitan and Star is Yonpo Starry Starry Night.


Izzie, showing the beautiful ‘fall’ of hair from her forehead

CH Shalimar Izzie of Kensington

Lucky me, I get to visit Izzie every few months in another Vermont town.  She was my foundation bitch and is now retired & living an athletic life of luxury.  She got really lucky and was invited into a forever home with one of the puppies from her third and last litter.  Izzie is very social, loves human interaction and summer holidays.  She turned eleven in July 2017and has earned her Therapy Dog Certification.  I can’t imagine a sweeter animal to help bolster the spirits of a human.  Izzie’s blood lines come through Ziva and Billie, as both are Izzie granddaughters.

GRCH Kensington’s Oliver Twist

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Oliver, in Princeton

Oliver was my pick from our first litter of eight puppies, back in 2009.  His was a breeding of Izzie to James, my foundation pair of TTs.  Alice Smith was there, thanks to a phone call from Nina Wagner, as I needed some coaching, moral support and loved the idea of a breeder with such lengthy experience as Alice, willing to be with me through the night.  And my dear friend Annette was also there with us, helping me and helping the pups.  We had good fun coming up with working names for the little ones.  Even Lizzie came down from Vermont with Lily and Daisy to help.  It was our first litter and a family affair!

Oliver, photographed after one of his four Major wins in Florida. January 2010

Oli was incredible in the ring, down in Florida.  He earned his Championship with four Major wins under four different judges in eight days.  There was only one show that he didn’t win.  And he was only nine months old!  He went on to earn his Grand Championship and has since been re-homed with a wonderful couple living in Princeton, New Jersey.  It was hard for me to give him up at 8 1/2 years of age, but I can’t live a ‘well adjusted’ life with more than four or five animals in the house and so, when this lovely couple dropped out of the sky and into our laps?  I knew that if there were ever to be an alternative forever family for Oli?  This lovely couple were the folks with whom I trusted him to live out the rest of his life.  I still send care packages with sweet potato chips that I make here in my AGA and always send him an old toy, that smells of home.  ;>)

Georgie Girl, one of our current Champion brood bitches

Georgie Girl, enjoying life without puppies! 2014.

CH Coshan Mother’s Little Helper

Gigi is a pixie of a bitch who is smart, communicative, EXTREMELY athletic and the best mummy dog we’ve had yet.  She is 14″ at the withers and weighs 18 pounds.  Georgie Girl, as she is affectionately called, whelped her first litter in 2014 (GG x Oskar), her second litter on August 4th, 2015 and her third and final litter on 18 April 2016.  Georgie is bright eyed and watchful and retired two years ago to her new forever home with Johanne and Bernie in Concord, Massachusetts and Naples, Florida.  She adores blanched haricots verts, Stella and Chewy’s patties and goat’s milk yogurt.  We have kept Yogi (who lives with his humans Cheryl and Chris).  He is a proven stud with great coat, great rear and terrific temperament.  He is out of Gigi’s second litter in August 2015.  And a lovely friendship has come out of this story, too.  I get to board Gigi for ten days every summer and Bernie makes a mean martini for me, when I join him and his lovely bride for dinner, usually a couple of times every summer in Concord, Massachusetts.

Champions Coppi, Oskar, Whit and Annabel

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Here, we have Freddie ratting out his pal, Whitaker. 2015.

There are four other Champions in our pack: Coppi (Ch. Kensington’s Copper Goddess), Oskar (Ch. Shalimar’s Zacchariah of Kensington), Whitaker (Ch. Kensington & Shalimar’s Iconic Whit) and Annabel, Billie & Whit’s littermate (Rinchen’s Style Icon of Kensington).  Coppi has retired to a lovely home on the beach in Marblehead, after whelping four litters, and Oskar is active in our breeding program, but living with his own forever family in Burlington, Massachusetts.  Whitaker was used as a stud his first time in June 2015, in a breeding of Georgie Girl x Whitaker.  Cheryl has Yogi James, a boy puppy from that breeding who was used as one of the sires for our first litter of 2018.  Whit lives with his forever family who split their time between Stowe and Montreal; a handsome big red brindle with a gorgeous head and lots of bone.  His humans do a great job with his grooming, something that must be addressed, if you’re thinking about keeping your TT ‘in coat’.  And Annabel lives in Colorado with her RinChen family.  Enjoy this photo of me with Bellie, on a recent trip to visit my friends at RinChen and deliver a second Kensington puppy to a wonderful forever family in Colorado.

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WB and Annabel at Claire’s, 1 December 2017.

These are our Champions and we love every single one of them.  With every year comes at least one more Champion.  Last year was our first year with a Kensington Grand Champion at Westminster.  She is Billie Jean, GRCHB Kensington’s 1st Dance with Michael.  Here in Stowe, we made the paper.  Everyone was rooting for the ‘home girl’.  Born and raised in the historic village of Stowe and our first Kensington girl to hit the ring in New York City.  It was a very exciting time for us.

Now, we have Koko-loko in the ring with Rebecca Bradley.  Koko has two Puppy Group 1st place wins, two Majors and eleven points under her belt.  She may well finish her Championship title this weekend in Springfield, Massachusetts – as she beat three male Champions TODAY for BOB and WB.  She’s back out in the ring now with Becky and we’ll see her at the Bay Colony Tibetan Terrier Club’s supported entry in Springfield, Massachusetts on April 7th, competing in the ‘Breed’ category.  Kensington’s Nouvelle Mlle. Koko is a shiny coated black bitch, soon to be 13 months of age.  She is making her mark in the Conformation ring and has already left paw prints on many hearts.

These are our Kensington Champions.