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 the code of ethics linked to the first paragraph of our Breeders page. 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 and Items of Interest

Saturday, April 18

The April 18th meeting with a program will be online on the RingCentral platform. Details and complete instructions on joining the meeting from your computer or mobile device will be provided soon.

Program: Linda Dobbie and Michelle Root will present two new AKC activities for your Schnauzer: the AKC temperament Test and AKC Farm Dog Certification.

The PVSSC Supported Entry at Old Dominion Kennel Club Show with meeting is canceled due to COVID-19 shelter-in-place federal and state policies.

Saturday, May 2

Canceled due to COVID-19 shelter-in-place federal and state policies.

PVSSC Awards dinner at Alfio’s La Trattoria.

Saturday, June 20

Cancelled due to COVID-19 shelter-in-place federal and state policies.

PVSSC supported entry at Richmond Raceway, Richmond, VA.

Sunday, June 21

Cancelled due to COVID-19 shelter-in-place federal and state policies.

The PVSSC’s 51st Specialty Show will be held Sunday, June 21 at the Richmond Raceway Complex, 600 E Laburnum Ave, Richmond, VA 23222, with a parade of title holders after Best of Breed judging.

Judge: Debra Thornton
Sweepstakes Judge: Joyce Dandridg

On Sunday, PVSSC will host a lunch for all SS exhibitors after judging with a raffle of doggy items. There will be a brief PVSSC meeting following the luncheon.

On Saturday, June 20th, the PVSSC will host a supported entry. The judge on Saturday is Dorothy Collier.

For more information about this cluster of shows, see InfoDog. Entries close June 3rd!

Next Meeting or Event

Next Meeting or Event 

Message from Pat White, PVSSC President:

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to cancellation of all April dog shows and closure of restaurants in Maryland, under Maryland Governor Hogan’s orders. Both Governor Hogan and Virginia Governor Northram have issued stay-at-home orders until June 10th.  As a consequence, the April PVSSC meeting at Old Dominion KC, the May PVSSC Awards Dinner, the June regional specialty in Richmond, and the July picnic are all CANCELLED. However, we are planning an online April 18th meeting with details to follow.
In the meantime, we do have some unfinished business: The April meeting is when additional nominations are made from the floor for our next slate of officers. This year, any additional nominations can be made by email to the PVSSC Secretary, Lovey Lyons at  loveylyons@msn.com by April 18. Please note the following: When making a nomination, the proposer’s email must either include a statement from the candidate signifying a willingness to accept the nomination, or the candidate can email this statement separately to Lovey Lyons.
The PVSSC Board wants all our members to stay safe in these unsettled times. We hope to resume our club activities in the future, so watch for updates on this website, in the Wiretap and by email.


Saturday, March 21Canceled due to COVID-19 shelter-in-place federal and state policies.

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 Monday, February 3rd 2020