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. 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

  • October 30: OFA Cardiac Testing: Heart Auscultation $45; Heart Echocardiogram (with Doppler) $225. OFA- CERF Eye Exams: $45. Microchips: $25; Tattoos: $50.

10 AM to 4 PM. *Limited number of appointments – Paid in Advance, on first come basis.*  Plan to arrive 30 minutes PRIOR to your EYE appointment time since dog’s pupils need to be dilated prior to seeing the vet.

Exams will be performed for OFA clearance.  The CERF-OFA eye exam is a general eye exam that screens for genetic and non-genetic abnormalities in dogs. Clinic fees do NOT include OFA registration.  Owners will be provided a copy of their results and can register their dog by mailing the form to OFA with the registry fee.  For more information, visit http://www.offa.org/cardiacinfo.html.

Location: Belquest Kennels
18745 Penn Shop Road Mt. Airy, MD 21771
301-831-7507 or 410-795-8395
email: Belquest1@aol.com

  • Sunday, December 11: PVSSC Holiday Party at Alfio’s.

Next Meeting or Event

Meeting: Saturday, November 5

Program: Lure-Coursing Fun Day and short meeting.

Location: Wing & Wheel Farm, Marshall, VA.

Time: Registration starts at 9 AM; runs start promptly at 10 AM.

Spectators are welcome!

Volunteers needed to help with parking, lunch, set-up and clean-up. For the meeting, PVSSC is providing hot dogs and hamburgers. Please contribute one of the following: potato salad, cole slaw, macaroni salad, chips and salsa, regular potato chips and dip, vegetable tray with dip, cookies, pie, fruit salad, cheese and meat tray, sliced onion, cheese slices, shredded cheese, sliced tomatoes.

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


PVSSC dues are due Feburary 29. Please use the PVSSC Dues Form.

Quick – Links


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.’

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