Ms. Gloria Knapp
1000 S. Idaho Rd. #922
Apache Junction, AZ 85119
CELL: (602) 999-4868
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She started showing dogs when she was 12 years old. She then had German Shepherds and Boxers and showed in Junior Showmanship, conformation and obedience. At that age she also started out in dog clubs by joining a Junior all breed club in Michigan before the family moved to the west coast. Since that time she has consistently been an active member in dog clubs by holding all the offices and working on all the committees available.
The focus in the early years was on breeding and exhibiting. There was a lot of judging in matches in both conformation and obedience and also sweeps judging. She also taught classes for both conformation and obedience. Doberman Pinschers were the breed of choice for 20 years along with some Smooth Fox Terriers and a Collie. In the 70's she became a licensed professional handler for the Working group. The Herding and Working breeds were all in the Working group then. That was a great experience but didn't last too long because it took too much time away from raising three children and owning and running a Thoroughbred Racing Stable. In the early 70's Min Pins entered the scene and are still there. In the 80's Chihuahua's and Shelties joined the group for about 10 years.
By the early 90's there were Min Pins, a Rottweiler and a Border Collie. Then came Pomeranians. Ms. Knapp feels having Thoroughbred Race Horses for over 40 years has helped her tremendously in recognizing the importance of the individual standards for all animals to achieve their functions. Proper form really does make for proper function.
Achievements have been plentiful. Having produced over 150 Champions, Chateau Acres has also been quite consistent over the years in producing top winners and top producers, including Top 10 dogs, Specialty and National Specialty winners plus BIS winners. She had the # 1 Min Pin in the country for several years and the #1 Toy dog in Japan. The Miniature Pinscher Club of America has honored her as Breeder of the Year and several times runner up. Ms. Knapp has had Hall of Fame and Honor Roll dogs and has received the Pedigree Award several times.
Besides conformation breeding, exhibiting, judging and ring stewarding, Ms. Knapp has trained in conformation, obedience, tracking, herding, Schutzhundt, Ring Sport, and trick training. She has attended field trials, terrier trials, lure coursing and agility trials.
Current clubs that Ms. Knapp belongs to are The Lost Dutchman Kennel Club, Scottsdale Kennel Club, American Dog Show Judges, Arizona Toy Dog Fanciers as a founding member and The Miniature Pinscher Club of America as a life member.
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