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 and the PVSSC-2015-Specialty-Trophy-Donation-Form.

Upcoming Events


Saturday, January 31 – McLean, VA

Saturday, February 21 – Silver Spring, MD

Saturday, March 21 – VA (Site TBA)

Next Meeting or Event

Saturday, December 6

PVSSC Holiday Party

Place: Brittany’s Restaurant and Sports Bar

12449 Dillingham Square

Woodbridge, VA 22912


For more information see Holiday Party 2014 flyer and PVSSC Reservations form. Or contact Margretta Palya at 301-384-4714 or mpalya@novickgroup.com.

RESERVATIONS With Check DUE BY NOVEMBER 24th! Send Reservation Form with check made out to “PVSSC” to Margretta Palya, 14511 Sturtevant Road, Silver Spring, MD 20905.

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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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