About Us

Originally founded in 2007 through a partnership venture between long term friends; Maureen Thompson, Peter Chapman and Alan & Cherry Wilkinson.

From this beginning we jointly pioneered Kennel Club recognition for the Akita Inu in the UK and founding of the UK's first breed club. Combining our resources enabled us to select and import the finest bloodlines and our united experience, approach and intention has successfully influenced the breed's early development in the UK.

In 2016 Cherry & Alan Wilkinson stepped back from the Tsoyu partnership after deciding to take another path in life leaving Maureen and Peter to take full control of the Tsoyu kennel and so continue their exciting and forward thinking breeding programme.

Tsoyu is extremely proud to be producing Multi, International Champions and high quality family companions as well as being the first kennel to have produced 2 generations of CRUFTS Best of Breed winners. Our reputation continues to grow throughout Europe from investment in successful show campaigns at International and world shows.

We highly value the many friendships created through partnership working with like minded UK and European enthusiasts. This approach has provided many benefits but most importantly enabling cohesive working towards a common goal of preserving the natural and healthy qualities of the breed. By encouraging newcomers to the breed and providing them with guidance and mentoring we will continue to promote responsible ownership and breeding. In return they have committed to campaign Tsoyu bred dogs in the show arena and use them wisely in their own breeding programmes going forward.

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Maureen has been involved in the world of dogs since 1977 and is an accomplished trainer, handler and International judge of Akitas and Akita Inu and a UK Championship show judge for Dobermann, Rottweiler, Akita, Akita Inu and Shiba Inu. Also judging most breeds in the Working, Pastoral and Utility groups. In addition, Maureen is a serving officer of the breed club with responsibility for delivering all breed specific educational events.

Peter has been involved in the dog world since 1984; initially as an obedience competitior and trainer. Currently Chairman of the Japanese Akita Inu Club in the UK, as well as a KC registered obedience judge and Assessor for all levels of the Good Citizen Dog Scheme. In addition he is a professionally trained and registered microchip implanter.