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, March 21

PVSSC meeting at the home of Gail Mackiernan & Barry Cooper, 216 Mowbray Road, Silver Spring, MD 20904


Program: “The new AKC Temperament” and “Farm Dog Certification.” The AKC Temperament Test (ATT) was developed to bring focus and provide a meaningful evaluation to assess the temperament of our canine companions. The ATT tests how a dog reacts to a variety of stimuli. Desirable traits are that the dog will be emotionally stable, inquisitive, cooperative, appropriately social for its breed, biddable and demonstrates the ability to recover from a startling situation in a reasonable amount of time. Members will be provided with an explanation of each test, score sheets and a video description of what to expect.

Directions: FROM I-495 (BELTWAY), take New Hampshire Ave (Rt. 650) (Exit 28) North. Continue about 4 miles to Randolph Rd. This is a large intersection with an Exxon station at left-hand corner. Turn left, and at the first stoplight, Locksley Lane, turn right Take the next right, Banbury Rd., then next left, Tamworth, and finally, next left onto Mowbray. 216 is halfway down on left, on a long pipestem drive. Park along Mowbray and walk up to the house. Look for Schnauzer banner on mailbox!

FROM I-95 or I-270, exit onto Intercounty Connector (Rt 200, E-Z Pass toll only). Take Exit 13 (Rt 650, New Hampshire Avenue) and turn south towards White Oak. In 1 mile, turn right at the intersection with Randolph Rd (Exxon station at corner). Continue to Locksley Lane (stoplight) turn right and follow directions above.

Saturday, June 20

PVSSC supported entry at Richmond Raceway, Richmond, VA.

Sunday, June 21

The PVSSC Speciality is June 21 at Richmond Raceway, Richmond, VA. Details TBD.

Next Meeting or Event

Next Meeting or Event 

Saturday, February 22

Meeting to be held at the home of Karen and Michael Iofreddo in McLean, VA.

Program: Watching the AKC DVD “Purposefully Bred Purebred Dogs and Preservation Breeders” with discussion to follow.

Networking 7:30 PM; meeting starts at 8 PM.

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