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 this code of ethics. 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.

Saturday, March 23

Member meeting, Fairfax, VA. More info to come.

Tuesday, April 2-Sunday, April 7

Schnauzapalooza ’19, the SSCA’s National Specialty will be held on Saturday, April 6 in Gray Summit, MO (near St. Louis) at Purina Farms. Other events during this 5-day event will include Obedience and Rally trials, Herding & Farm Dog testing, and Barn Hunt trials. See Schnauzapalooza 2019 events for the schedule.

Saturday, April 20

Old Dominion Kennel Club Supported Entry and Meeting.

Maryland State Fair Grounds, Timonium, MD.

Saturday, May 4

Annual Awards Dinner, Alfio’s, Chevy Chase, MD.

Saturday, June 22 and Sunday, June 23

The PVSSC’s 50th Anniversary Specialty will be held Sunday, June 23 in Richmond, VA (Virginia Kennel Club). The 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.

Sweepstakes Judge: Bob Busby. Breed Judge: John Wade.

Stay tuned for more details.

July (Date TBA)

PVSSC Scent Work Fun Trial & Picnic

Blue Ridge K9 Training Center, PA

Sunday, August 25


CTA Building, Beltsville, MD

September (Date TBA)

Expect something fun! Stay tuned!

Saturday-Sunday, October 12-13

PVSSC Barn Hunt Trials

Springfield, VA

Saturday-Sunday, November 2-3

PVSSC Fast CAT Trial (All-Breed)

Union Bridge, MD

Next Meeting or Event

Next Meeting or Event

Saturday, February 23

Regular Meeting

Event Location: Home of Karen and Michael Ioffredo, 7806 Falstaff Rd, McLean, VA 22102. Phone: 703-356-9763


PROGRAM: PVSSC Member Karen Peak (West Wind Dog Training) will be discussing (with a sense of humor and seriousness mixed) a few of her more interesting cases as a dog trainer. Karen applies positive methods to one-on-one training for a variety of behavioral problems. She started the Safe Kids/Safe Dogs Project to improve interactions between dogs and children, including reading of dog body language.

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