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

Saturday, March 25:

PVSSC Meeting. Program and sites TBA.

Saturday, April 22:

Supported Entry and meeting. Old Dominion Kennel Club, Timonium, MD

Saturday, May 6:

Annual Awards Dinner, Alfio’s.

Saturday OR Sunday, June 17 OR 18

PVSSC Picnic, CGC & More.

Northern VA site. TBA.

Sunday, August 27


CTA Building, Beltsville, MD

Sunday, September 30

PVSSC Annual Specialty.

Old Dominion Kennel Club, Millwood, VA

Next Meeting or Event

Next Meeting or Event

Meeting: Saturday, March 25

Program: Rose Miller discussing the FOUR certifications you can try with your dog at our summer picnic: AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Test, ACK Canine Good Citizen, AKC Community Canine, and Therapy Dog International. Urban UGC and Farm Dog tests will also be discussed.

Location: Home of Gail Mackiernan and Barry Cooper

Time: Social 1/2 hour at 7:30 PM, program to begin at 8:00 PM.

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



Click to see the PVSSC list of approved breeders, puppies available 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 Betsy Davison. Make sure the e-mail has the subject header: ‘PVSSC website.’

Updated on Wednesday, January 25th 2017