Potomac Valley Standard Schnauzer Club

The Standard Schnauzer is a robust, heavy-set dog, sturdily built, with a dense harsh no-shed coat. A medium-sized dog, he is knee high and 35 to 45 pounds. The Standard Schnauzer combines a spirited temperament with extreme reliability. Excellent with children and friends, he is still the guardian of his home and family.

The club was founded 50 years ago as the AKC-sanctioned local specialty club for the greater Washington DC area and follow this code of ethics. The PVSSC is one of the breed’s largest and most active specialty organizations. In the past 50 years members have finished over 1000 AKC Champions and many obedience and performance titlists.

Upcoming Events

PVSSC Fundraiser: Patriotic t-shirts

The PVSSC is raising money for future events by selling patriotic Standard Schnauzer t-shirts. See t-shirt fund raiser for more information.

Tuesday, April 2-Sunday, April 7

Schnauzapalooza ’19, the SSCA’s National Specialty will be held on Saturday, April 6 in Gray Summit, MO (near St. Louis) at Purina Farms. Other events during this 5-day event will include Obedience and Rally trials, Herding & Farm Dog testing, and Barn Hunt trials. See Schnauzapalooza 2019 events for the schedule.

Saturday, May 4

PVSSC Annual Awards Dinner, Alfio’s, 4515 Willard Avenue, Chevy Chase, MD. Phone: 301-657-9133.

Cash Bar from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (Happy Hour Prices for us all evening!)
Dinner Served at 6:30 p.m.Followed by Annual Meeting, Election and Awards Presentations
Free valet parking or free parking across the street for larger vehicles.

Reservations due by April 29. Please send your check with the Awards Dinner reservation form.


From the North: Take 495 toward Northern Virginia. Take the River Road Exit 39, Rt. 190 East towards Washington. Go to Willard Avenue and turn left; this is the 10th stop light. (Don!t be confused by the street to the right, which is Greenway.) The restaurant is on the left in a high-rise building called the Willoughby. This is about the 4th or 5th high-rise building. There is a circular drive in front, if you wish valet parking.

From the South: Take 495 over American Legion Bridge into Maryland. After you cross the bridge, take Exit 39 east onto River Rd. and follow the above directions.

Saturday, June 22 and Sunday, June 23

The PVSSC’s 50th Anniversary Specialty will be held Sunday, June 23 in Richmond, VA (Virginia Kennel Club). The Supported Entry will be on Saturday, June 22nd.

This is an indoor show with no no rain or mud to contend like we have had the past few years when we held this show in October.

Sweepstakes Judge: Bob Busby. Breed Judge: John Wade.

Stay tuned for more details.

July (Date TBA)

PVSSC Scent Work Fun Trial & Picnic

Blue Ridge K9 Training Center, PA

Sunday, August 25


CTA Building, Beltsville, MD

September (Date TBA)

Expect something fun! Stay tuned!

Saturday-Sunday, October 12-13

PVSSC Barn Hunt Trials

Springfield, VA

Saturday-Sunday, November 2-3

PVSSC Fast CAT Trial (All-Breed)

Union Bridge, MD

Next Meeting or Event

Next Meeting or Event

Saturday, April 20

Event Location: Maryland State Fair Grounds, ‘Cow Palace,’ 2200 York Road, Lutherville-Timonium, MD 21093.

Meeting time is 1 PM after the PVSSC supported entry at the Old Dominion Kennel Club. The SS show in Ring 22 at 11 AM following 21 Doberman Pinschers. There are 18 SS entered.

Click Next Meeting or see WireTap for more details and directions to the meeting.



Check the PVSSC list of approved breeders to see available puppies and upcoming litters.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS: The Potomac Valley Standard Schnauzer Club would like to thank the Standard Schnauzer Club of America for much of the text concerning the breed and history. It would also like to recognize one of its members, Gail Mackiernan, for the beautiful pen and ink drawings.

Please e-mail comments, suggestions or corrections for these web pages to the Website Manager at webmanager@pvssc.org. Make sure the e-mail has the subject header: ‘PVSSC website.’

Updated on Friday, February 15th 2019