Champion Kensington Tibetan Terriers

The importance of AKC Championship

1 January 2017

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

Our sires and dams all travel the circuit and earn their Championships (and Grand Championships) under the dedicated and talented handling of Mark Desrosiers.  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.

Gr. Ch. Kensington’s L.A. Noir, Aussi

Ziva has joined our breeding program as our fifth brood bitch, after earning her Champion and Grand Champion titles in 2015.  She is our 2nd Grand Champion (Oliver was first) and was bred to Kensington’s Sweet Baby James in November 2016.  Her handler Mark Desrosiers describes her as ‘lovely’ and very much the ‘type’ we look for in the Tibetan Terrier standard.  She is solid, strong, has a profuse black and red coat and measures 15 1/2″ 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 believe that this breeding could produce exceptional animals.  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 stick with one sire and evaluate the puppies for a potential repeat breeding.

Billie with her 2016 puppies

Billie with her 2016 puppies

Gr. Ch. Kensington’s 1st Dance with Michael

Our gorgeous Billie’s puppies have been strong, handsome and happy.  She is skipping a season, so that she can compete at the Westminster Kennel Club Show and will next be bred in summer 2017.  It would be my goal to keep a sable bitch out of her next litter, as she has produced at least one sable puppy in each of her previous two litters.  Billie left for the circuit late August 2016 and finished her Championship title in mid-September.  Then, she came home to fatten up.  Then, she left again on October 20th to earn her Grand Championship title and went on to receive the 1st Award of Excellence at the Eukanuba/Royal Canin 2016 AKC National Show on December 17th.  This animal’s movement is absolutely beautiful and her angulation is very nicely matched, front and rear.  She is sweet and highly intelligent.

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 Whitaker’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 above and holding the award certificates for RinChen’s Michael at our Bay Colony Club Specialty in 2014.  And 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 Kodi.

Markus showing Moses, Sire of Beckham, 2016

Markus 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 in 2018 are highly anticipated by both myself and Markus Gisslen, breeder of my Beckham.  Beckham will hit the circuit this spring, under the fine and capable hands of Mark Desrosiers.  And after him will come Lily Rose, our Georgie Girl’s successor (Kensington’s Kissed by Gigi Love).

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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 Lily Rose to succeed Georgie Girl, as Gigi retired to her new forever home in June 2016 and Lily is out of Gigi’s third and final litter of April 2016.

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

Ch. Shalimar Izzie of Kensington

Lucky me, I get to visit Izzie every couple of months in another Vermont town.  In fact, I played with her yesterday.  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 ten in July 2016 and has earned her Therapy Dog Certification.  I can’t imagine a sweeter animal to help bolster the spirits of a human.  Izzie’s blood line comes through Ziva and Billie, as both are Izzie granddaughters.

Gr. Ch. Kensington’s Oliver Twist

Oliver, in Princeton

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 is our resident boy to help let me know, when the girls are coming into season.  My right hand man.  Sleeps with me every night.  ;>)

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 recently retired 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 Lily Rose (out of Gigi’s third and final litter in April 2016) for study and hope to bring her into our breeding program in 2018.

Champions Coppi, Oskar and Whit

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

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And here I am giving my boy Oskar a great big kiss for being so wonderful

There are three other Champions in our pack: Coppi (Ch. Kensington’s Copper Goddess), Oskar (Ch. Shalimar’s Zacchariah of Kensington) and Whitaker (Ch. Kensington & Shalimar’s Iconic Whit).  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 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 sire for our first litter of 2017.  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.  In fact, I visited him today and boy, does he have a gorgeous coat.  His humans do a great job with his grooming, something that must be addressed, if you’re thinking about keeping your TT ‘in coat’.

These are our Champions and we love every single one of them.  With every year comes another Champion.  This will be our first year with a Kensington Champion at Westminster.  Here in Stowe, we’ll all be rooting for the ‘home girl’.  Born and raised in the village and soon to make her mark in the ring in New York City.  A very exciting time for us.