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

January 1, 2018

Blue Ridge K-9 Training Center C-WAGS Scent Trial, 2886 Waynesboro Pike, Fairfield, PA 17320

Starting at noon.

All 4 scent-work levels.

Pat Sutton writes: “This is not AKC, but C-Wags has been around for over 10 years and is very similar to other scent-work venues. If you guys are free on January 1, come up  and watch and see how to run a Scent trial, handle Scent and set up a ring.”

Directions: Take Route 15 to Emmitsburg, then take exit onto Seton Ave. to Emmitsburg Square. We are 6 miles west on route 140 from the square of Emmitsburg , MD. Route 140 changes to Route 16 @ the MD/PA line.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

General Meeting, Virginia.
Program Film: “War Dogs of the Pacific”

Saturday, February 24, 2018

General meeting, Virginia.
Program TBA.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

General Meeting, Virginia.
Program TBA.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Supported Entry and meeting at Old Dominion KC, Timonium, MD.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Tentative date for Annual Awards dinner. Site TBA.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

PVSSC Annual Picnic, Virginia.

AKC All-Breed Herding Test.

Wednesday, July 4 – Sunday, July 8, 2018

SSCA National Specialty

Eastern Sates Exhibition (Big E), West Springfield, MA

Five All-Breed shows. Three Supported SS Shows (including PVSSC-Supported Barn Hunt and Breed Show) and National Specialty Obedience, Performance and Educational Events.

Superintendent: MBF at www.infodog.com.

Closing date for registration: June 20, 2018.

Show Chairperson: Karen Hughes, kah08807@yahoo.com.

Next Meeting or Event

Next Meeting or Event

Sunday, December 10

PVSSC Holiday Party

Lunch at Alfio’s, 4515 Willard Avenue, Chevy Chase, MD
Phone: 301-657-9133.

Cash bar from noon to 12:30 pm. Lunch served at 12:30 pm.  For more information, see Holiday Party details.

Reservation due by December 4th. Mailed the completed Holiday Party Reservation Form to Melissa Jennings.


From the North: Take 495 toward Northern Virginia. Take the River Road Exit 39, Rt. 190 East towards Washington. Go to Willard Avenue and turn left; this is the 10th stop-light. (Don”t be confused by the street to the right, which is Greenway.) The restaurant is on the left in a high-rise building called the Willoughby. This is about the 4th or 5th high-rise building. The address is 4515 Willard Ave. There is a circular drive in front, if you wish valet parking.

From the South: Take 495 over American Legion Bridge into Maryland. After you cross the bridge, take Exit 39 east onto River Rd. and follow the above directions.

Click Next Meeting or see WireTap for more details and directions to the meeting.



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.’

Updated on Thursday, November 30th 2017