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 and Sunday, February 18th and 19th

Barn Hunt Trial (closes Wednesday, Feb. 8)

Liberty Hill Barn Hunt Club, Bealeton, Virginia

Liberty Hill Pet Resort Training Building
10401 Green Rd, Bealeton VA 22712
Indoors, Heated, Cooled, Concrete

Trial Chair Mary Ann Robertson 540-439-7297
Email: marylhpaws@aol.com
Trial Secretary: Elizabeth Stanley 757-354-5227
Email: Bhsecretaryva@gmail.com

PREMIUM LIST on https://barnhunt.com/

Saturday and Sunday, February 25-26

“Only 15 Points to Go,” a handling seminar with Greg Strong sponsored by Richmond Afgan Hound Club.

Location is the Dude Ranch Pet Resourt, Glen Allen, VA.

Working Participant: Fee: $225 for two days, Juniors: $180 (Must attend both days)
Audit: Fee: $125 for two days, Juniors: $80
Fee Includes Excellent Lunch

To register, call 1-804-798-7900 or go to www.duderanchpetresort.com/events.

Wednesday, March 1: Award Applications are Due

The Potomac Valley Standard Schnauzer Club is pleased to offer an award plaque for each new championship, grand championship (at the various levels), obedience, rally obedience, tracking, agility, lure coursing, flyball or herding title earned by its members’ dogs during the 2016 calendar year.  Versatility award(s) (multiple titles which can be gained over multiple years) are also offered.  In addition, the PVSSC will offer an award plaque for the following:

  • Standard Schnauzer of the Year & Opposite Sex
  • Obedience Standard Schnauzer of the Year & Opposite Sex
  • Agility Standard Schnauzer of the Year & Opposite Sex
  • Versatility Award(s)
  • Brood Bitch of the Year
  • Stud Dog of the Year
  • Junior Handler of the Year
  • Herding Dog of the Year & Opposite Sex
  • Rally Dog of the Year & Opposite Sex

For more information, see: 2016 PVSSC/AKC Annual Awards Rules. Go to the Annual Awards page for more information and the award calculation forms. Forms must be submitted by March 1, 2017 to Pamela Minnich. For questions, call Pam at 717-916-3870 (h).


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, February 25

Program: Dr. Michael J. Watts, D.V.M disusses canine nutrition–the science behind dog food components, some popular fads and myths.

Location: Home of Nicole and Elaine Miller, Fairfax, VA

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