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

Now thru Midnight, Dec. 31

AKC Rally® Novice Virtual Pilot Program

The pilot program is designed to have a Rally Novice competitor set up a pre-designed AKC Rally® course in the safety of their own yard, record the performance and submit it to AKC. In turn, AKC will assign a pre-selected AKC Rally Judge to virtually review and score the team’s Rally performance. See the AKC website for more details.

Thursday, June 11 & Friday, June 12

Fast Cat trials

We were invited last minute to sponsor 4 fast cat trials June 11-12 at the IOC in Smithfield VA. This is same site we held the PVSSC Barn Hunt at 19393 Spring Lake Drive, Smithfield VA 23434.

These will be Thursday and Friday (there are more trials Saturday and Sunday, see below). We currently have enough club members volunteering, but if members want to enter you will be assigned an hour time to show up and do all of your runs for both trials at once. These are held under strict rules due to Covid-19, with limited people on site per hour and masks required at all times.

If you wish to enter, please email Ching-Yao Yu at ching@cyu.com and let him know how many runs you would like per day. You will then be responsible for paying the online invoice he sends and sending electronically your entries (no paper entries due to COVID).

For questions, please email Michelle Bell at aussielvr@gmail.com.

Saturday, June 20

Cancelled due to COVID-19 shelter-in-place federal and state policies.

PVSSC supported entry at Richmond Raceway, Richmond, VA.

Sunday, June 21

Cancelled due to COVID-19 shelter-in-place federal and state policies.

The PVSSC’s 51st Specialty Show will be held Sunday, June 21 at the Richmond Raceway Complex, 600 E Laburnum Ave, Richmond, VA 23222, with a parade of title holders after Best of Breed judging.

Judge: Debra Thornton
Sweepstakes Judge: Joyce Dandridg

On Sunday, PVSSC will host a lunch for all SS exhibitors after judging with a raffle of doggy items. There will be a brief PVSSC meeting following the luncheon.

On Saturday, June 20th, the PVSSC will host a supported entry. The judge on Saturday is Dorothy Collier.

For more information about this cluster of shows, see InfoDog. Entries close June 3rd!

Next Meeting or Event

Next Meeting or Event 

Message from Lovey Lyons, PVSSC President:

I hope everyone is doing okay during the strange times we are experiencing.  As you are aware, we have had to cancel many events that were scheduled in April, May, and June. As states begin to reopen and events begin to be rescheduled, we will continue to monitor the orders of both Gov. Hogan of Maryland and Gov. Northram of Virginia concerning large gatherings. We are currently planning to host our annual Match in August. Please continue to watch for updates on the website, in the Wiretap, and by email.


NEXT MEETING: Sunday, August 23

The PVSSC B/OB Sanctioned Match will be held on August 23rd at the Canine Training Association (CTA) building, 6826 Distribution Drive, in Beltsville, MD. Ila Schmeling is Match Chair and Melissa Jennings is handling registration. Stay tuned for more details as they become available.

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