Kensington Puppies

What a coat!

Oliver! What a coat! 2009

1 January 2017

In October 2015, I was approved by the AKC as a Breeder of Merit of the Tibetan Terrier breed.  I am proud that my work has been recognized and that my efforts have gained the endorsement of the American Kennel Club.  Thank you to Nina Wagner for mentoring me, during these last 24 years!  And thank you to Mark Desrosiers, Claire Coppola and Markus Gisslen for sharing your wisdom, expertise and humor with me.

Grand Ch. Kensington’s Oliver Twist is a beautiful example of a Kensington Tibetan. He was born March 19, 2009 from a breeding between Ch. Shalimar Izzie of Kensington and Ch. Shalimar’s James of Kensington, our foundation pair of Tibetan Terriers. Oliver earned his Championship title in six shows within eight days down in Florida, with four Major Wins under four different AKC judges. His wins appeared more effortless than any Kensington TT before him, but his bloodlines and socialization are the same as every other Kensington puppy you’ll ever meet. Some say that he got lucky. We say that he’s a Champ who knew just what to do for the judges. After all, there is Atisha and Regalia blood behind Izzie, our foundation bitch and Brady, Oskar and Billie.  ;>)

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Tashi, Abby and Cooper, January 2015

Bred originally from Shalimar lines, Kensington TTs exhibit wonderful temperaments, big dark eyes, beautiful conformation and playful intelligence. They are genetically managed and raised with attention to cleanliness, outdoor exercise, fine nutrition and social exposure to humans and other animals. Kensington puppies are first introduced to natural fibers at whelping, where they begin their lives on 100% cotton and linen, as we prefer complete control over their environment and the most natural cleanliness possible with the least amount of refuse produced. We use pHurity and Persil products and wash their towels in scalding hot water with bleach on the heavy duty cycle with a second rinse. Early on, the walls of their pens are draped with weighted heavy cotton terrycloth towels to aid in the development of muscle coordination. We find that the young puppies take great enjoyment in stretching and climbing and the terrycloth loops give them just that little bit of texture to help them catch their claws, so that they can begin exploration of their world.

Izzie nursing her litter of five sable coated puppies

Izzie nursing her litter of five sable coated puppies, May 2010

Oli couldn’t be any better than who he is. Although he was a little guy who wasn’t interested in food as a very young puppy, he showed gorgeous conformation and spirit from an early age. Today, he is an enthusiastic and affectionate dog who loves the big chase with his younger housemates.  He also acts as ‘Mr. Manners’, with the young puppies.  I trust him implicitly to make corrections and teach the new puppies how to interact respectfully with other dogs.

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Puppies in the Hopper by XRAY

Izzie whelped her second litter on April 19th, 2010 and the pick bitch puppy became our second brood bitch. That female, Coppi, whelped four litters and retired in 2014 to a wonderful forever family in Marblehead, Massachusetts. Georgie Girl took over as our third brood bitch and had her third and last litter on 18 April 2016.  She retired in June 2016 to a wonderful couple who split their time between Concord, Massachusetts and Naples, Florida.  And Billie Jean (from our December 2013 litter) whelped her second litter on 4/5 June 2016.  Billie Jean is our fourth brood bitch.  Ziva (Gr Ch Kensington’s L.A. Noir, Aussi) is our fifth brood bitch and out of Coppi x Brady.  Hers, will be our first litter of 2017.  And Gigi’s successor, Lily Rose (out of Gigi’s 2016 litter of six puppies), is staying with us for me to study and, hopefully, join our breeding program in 2018 as our sixth brood bitch.

Billie with her 2016 puppies

Billie with her 2016 puppies, June 2016

It is quite normal that our puppies are reserved by deposit before they are born, as I breed only one or two litters each year and demand far exceeds availability.  If you are seriously interested in a Kensington Tibetan Terrier, we urge you to make contact and request an application, so that we can learn a little more about you and you will see what is important to us, in our selection of forever families for the animals we breed.

We are still accepting deposits on our 2017 litters, expected in January and February 2017.  Puppies will be available in March/April 2017, assuming that Mother Nature doesn’t throw any more curve balls at us.  If you’re interested in learning specifics about puppy availability, please email me at  We require at least one visit to our home in Stowe, Vermont with everyone from your family present, before we can all decide that a Kensington puppy will be right for you.  Sometimes there is room for another deposit in an upcoming litter and sometimes, our forever families have to wait until another litter is born – but usually, no more than one year.

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Abby (Decembe 2014) with her trainer, Elissa

Cooper (December 2014) on top of a mountain in Maine

Tibetan Terriers are spirited, intelligent and beautiful and this breed will be your dog, as much as you’ll be their human.  While the breed is not anywhere as demanding as a breed from the Working Group, they love games, variety and interaction.  Alternatively, their ‘companionship’ nature contributes to their flexibility and willingness to do just about anything, in order to be around their humans.  Over fifteen years, my first two Tibetan Terriers hiked thousands of miles with me and friends in the White Mountains, the Green Mountains, Adirondacks and on the Long Trail.  We did the Presidential traverse including Mount Washington twice, that I remember.  And as I think about it, I believe we did it at least four times, happily!  Those were the days . . .  ;>)