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. 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.

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The PVSSC is sponsoring the SSCA 2015 National Specialty in Richmond, VA on June 26th. Please help the PVSSC continue our tradition of offering wonderful trophies by making your donation ASAP. This will allow your donation to be listed in the catalog. For more information, see the 2015 PVSSC Specialty Trophy List – Updated 1-21-2015 and the PVSSC-2015-Specialty-Trophy-Donation-Form.

Upcoming Events

Saturday, Feb 28 and Sunday, March 1: Greg Strong Breed Handling Seminar, “Only 15 Points to Go” co-sponsored by the PVSSC and the Colonial Newfoundland Club.

Space is limited and the only attendees allowed are paid dog/handler teams or paid observers. CNC/PVSSC entries will be accepted for preferential status by US mail only.

On January 15, all slots not preferentially filled by CNC/PVSSC members will be open to the public for entry. While members of the public may send their entries in at any time, entries from the public will only be considered after January 15.

In addition, there are a limited number of volunteer positions. Volunteers are expected to help set up and clean up facility – including pick-up breakfast and lunch items, and whatever needs to be done to make the event run smoothly. Volunteers can watch the seminar as an “observer” for free, but only when not needed in their volunteer roles.

Email Rose Miller (CelticCrossSS@comcast.net) to see if any volunteer spots are available or for any other questions.

To sign up, use Greg Strong’s “Only 15 Points to Go” flyer.


Saturday, February 21 – Silver Spring, MD

Saturday, March 21 – VA (Site TBA)

Next Meeting or Event

PVSSC dues are due February 28. Please use this form.

Meeting Saturday, January 31. Social Hour: 7:30 PM Meeting: 8:00 PM

Home of Karen and Michael Ioffredo
7806 Falstaff Road, McLean, VA 22102

Program: Canine Conundrum: When is Behavior an Issue? Speaker is Charlotte Wagner, certified dog trainer and behaviorist based in Warrenton, VA.

See WireTap for more details and directions to the Ioffredos.

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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.’

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