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

PVSSC Fundraiser: Patriotic t-shirts

The PVSSC is raising money for future events by selling patriotic Standard Schnauzer t-shirts. See t-shirt fund raiser for more information.

July 27

PVSSC Annual Picnic and fun day that includes “Sniff-n-Go” Scent Trial Fun Test and Farm Dog Practice Run-through.

Blue Ridge K9 Training Center, 2886 Waynesboro Pike, Fairfield, PA 17320. The training building sits on Route 16 in Pennsylvania, just over the Maryland line.

For more information and to sign up, see PVSSC annual picnic & fun day form.

Sunday, August 25


CTA Building, Beltsville, MD

September (Date TBA)

Expect something fun! Stay tuned!

Saturday-Sunday, October 12-13

PVSSC Barn Hunt Trials

Smithfield, VA

Saturday-Sunday, November 2-3

PVSSC Fast CAT Trial (All-Breed)

Union Bridge, MD

Next Meeting or Event

Next Meeting or Event

Saturday, June 22 and Sunday, June 23

The PVSSC’s 50th Anniversary Specialty will be held Sunday, June 23 at the Richmond Raceway Complex, 600 E. Laburnum Ave., Richmond, VA 23222. See the show premium for more information about the show site.

A Supported Entry will be on Saturday, June 22nd. This is an indoor show with no no rain or mud to contend like we have had the past few years when we held this show in October.

Saturday judging is in Ring 10 at 8 AM, Henrico Building.

Sunday judging is in Ring 10, Henrico Building:

Sweepstakes: 8:30 AM – 22 entries

Regular Classes: 9:30 AM – 64 entries

Parade of Title Holders after Best of Breed Judging

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 Friday, February 15th 2019