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

  • Sunday, Oct 2: PVSSC 48th Annual Specialty, Old Dominion KC, Millwood, VA–the historic Long Branch farm. Sweepstakes Judge: Beverly Eichel; Breed Judge: Jay Richardson. This is now a FIVE-SHOW Cluster: Thursday – Charlottesville-Albermarle KC (Judge: Robert Stein); Friday – Warrenton KC (Judge Dr. Steve Keating);  PVSSC supported entry on Saturday at Warrenton KC (Judge Wm. (Sandy) Gunn (Canadian); and Monday – Middleburg KC (Judge TBA). Entries close September 14th! — Superintendent, MBF Inc., www.infodog.com

These trophies still need sponsors!! Please donate money towards a trophy for our specialty. Contact Carol Filer or Gail Pfeiffer for more information.

  • Saturday, November 5: Lure-Coursing fun Day at Wing & Wheel Farm, Marshall, VA.
  • Saturday, December 5: PVSSC Holiday Party. Site TBA.

Next Meeting or Event

Meeting: Sunday, August 28

Program: PVSSC Annual Breed/Obedience Sanctioned Match

Location: Canine Training Association Building (air conditioned), Beltsville, MD, 6826 Distribution Drive, Beltsville, Maryland.

Time: On-Site Registration. Obedience 9-10 AM; Confirmaton 9-1 PM. Judging times: Obedience 10 AM; Confirmation 1:30 PM.

Spectators are welcome!

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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