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.

Upcoming Events

  • Sunday, May 15. Barn Hunt practice at Rose Miller’s home. 10 AM-3 PM. RSVP via text to 703-401-6887 with your name, email address, number of dogs you are bringing, and their levels (never saw a rat, instinct, novice or open). Voice mails may be missed. For more info, see: Rose’s Rat Rodeo! FUN BARN HUNT!
  • Saturday, May 21: The Canine Breeder Excellence Seminar will be held from 8:30 am-5:30 pm at the veterinary college facility located at 205 Duck Pond Drive in Blacksburg, Virginia. Sponsor: Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine and the Theriogenology Foundation. For more information, see: Theriogenology Foundation.
  • Saturday and Sunday, June 18-19: PVSSC Barn Hunt Trial & Picnic (on Saturday). Splashdown Farm, Severn, MD. For more information see the BARN HUNT TRIAL FLYER and the PVSSC Barn Hunt Premium.
  • Sunday, Aug 28: PVSSC B/OB Match, CTA Building, Beltsville, MD.
  • Sunday, Oct 2: PVSSC Annual Specialty, Old Dominion KC, Millwood, VA. These trophies still need sponsors!! Please donate money towards a trophy for our specialty. Contact Carol Filer or Gail Pfeiffer for more information.
  • Saturday, November 5: Lure-Coursing fun Day at Wing & Wheel Farm, Marshall, VA.

Next Meeting or Event

Meeting  Saturday, May 7: Annual Awards Dinner. Reservations due May 1.

Location: Alfio’s La Trattoria, 4515 Willard Ave, Chevy Chase, MD 20815

Time: Cash Bar from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (Happy Hour Prices for us all evening!) Dinner Served at 7:00 p.m.

Program: Brief meeting and awards after dinner. Here’s who is getting an award: PVSSC Awards for 2015Use the Dinner info and reservation form to make your reservation for the awards dinner.

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


PVSSC dues are due Feburary 29. Please use the PVSSC Dues Form.

Quick – Links


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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