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.

Saturday, September 7

Knickerbocker SS Specialty, Somerset Hills KC. North Branch Park, Bridgewater, NJ part of the North Branch Cluster September 5-8 (http://northbranchcluster.org/). This is a three-show weekend with Tuxedo Park KC & Somerset Hills KC. 2 supported entries, 1 specialty. FastCAT all 4 days. There will be 2 rally & 2 obedience trials at Friday shows and 2 of each at the Saturday shows. There will be no obedience or rally at the Sunday show.

Specialty Sweeps Judge – Richard Reynolds, Breed Judge – Janet Cohen. KSSC Annual Luncheon to follow. See premium at http://pdf.infodog.com/prm/249/prm249.pdf. Entries close August 21.

Saturday, September 21

PVSSC Agility Workshop

The Agility Workshop will be held for three hours at Holly Hammerle’s Agility Building close to Vint Hill, Virginia. The workshop will begin at 10:00 am and will be taught by Averill Ring and Holly Hammerle who each have over 30 years of Agility experience and training.

This Agility Workshop is great for beginners and those interested in the sport. It will be a presentation/demo and participation with dogs doing some non-equipment skills, some play on exercise equipment as well as planks, etc., and then a bit with jumps, tunnels and a low A-Frame. Participants are advised to bring lots of dog treats for encouragement and rewards.

Cost is $25.00 for each dog. 

The trainers advise having 10 dogs max. If you would like to attend this workshop, please contact Michelle Root at quasardogs@gmail.com as soon as possible.

Saturday-Sunday, October 12-13

PVSSC Barn Hunt Trials


Closing date for trial is October 1. However, EVERY trial at this location in this area has filled and had a wait list this year, if you wait you may not get in. If you are potentially going to earn a master, RATCH, RATCHX, or crazy 8 title please contact Secretary Michelle Bell.

Secretary Bell will comp a run for any PVSSC members who will commit to working the entire trials on Saturday and Sunday.

To sign up, use the PVSSC Barn Hunt Entry Form.

For more information, see PVSSC Barn Hunt Premium Oct 2019-Ver2 and Barn Hunt Trial October 2019.

Saturday-Sunday, November 2-3

PVSSC Fast CAT Trial (All-Breed), Union Bridge, MD. (Same site as last year.) Premium list will be posted as soon as available. Ching-Yao Yu, Trial Secretary.

Next Meeting or Event

Next Meeting or Event

Sunday, August 25

PVSSC B/OB Match–Conformation, Rally, Obedience, Juniors, and Parade of Titlists!

Air-conditioned Canine Training Association Building, 6826 Distribution Drive, Beltsville, MD.

See the 2019 PVSSC BOB Sanctioned Match flyer for more information and to sign up! Deadline for pre-entries is August 19th!

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