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

National Week of August 25-29

This is going to be a “Schnauzganza” with two days of SSCA Agility Trials at Mechanicsville (August 23-24) followed by five days of shows at The Meadow Event Center, Doswell (August 25-29) including three Specialties and a Supported Entry. Lisa Klepp is the
2021 SSCA National Specialty Show Chair and Michelle Bell is the Agility Trial Chair. Superintendent, MBF Dog Shows, infodog.com.

There will be a new competition offered at the shows this year. Because so many shows were cancelled during Covid, many owners were not able to get their young dogs into the ring. Some of these “kids” have now aged out of regular Sweepstakes. So we are offering a Senior Sweepstakes for dogs and bitches, 18-24 months and 24-30 months of age.

These events will be held under AKC Covid restrictions and we will have to give up some traditional indoor events normally associated with a National, such as the banquet. However the committee is looking at other options such as an outdoor picnic/barbecue.

The multi-Specialty Premium List is now available. Entries open July 20 and close August 11. See:

For more information about the agility trial and show schedule, see:

For those that want to order a video of their dog showing, see:

There is a lot of work involved with hosting a National, and there are many ways PVSSC members can help. To learn more about ways to help, see:

To make a hotel reservation for the conformation shows, see:

The SSCA Agility Trial is August 23 and 24, at Level Up Dog Sports, 8483 Old Richfood Rd., Mechanicsville, VA, with SS owner-judge Don Farage. The folks at LUDS will help us with workers, but anyone who wishes to volunteer let Trial Chair Michelle Bell know by emailing aussielvr@gmail.com. The COVID protocols at this location are enforced – be prepared to wear a well fitting mask the entire time on the property and if you are not a worker crating is outside. The Remind and Agility Gate apps will keep you informed of the trial progress including when walk-throughs and results are available. For more information about agility, see:

Folks with motor homes who are planning to attend the Agility trials, please note that there is no RV parking at the Agility site. We recommend reserving space at KOA Kings Dominion, which is 20-30 minutes away from trials.

We still need Trophy donations for the National! To see what trophies are available, check:

To make a donation for a trophy, see:

Also, the specialty store is still open and we have some awesome items that you all will want. Go to the SSCA National Specialty 2021 website and click on Specialty Store on the top tool bar to see the items available and an order form. Deadline for Specialty Store orders is April 23.

September 25-26 PVSSC Barn Hunt

The PVSSC Barn Hunt will be held at The Isle of Calasis in Smithfield, VA. The
premium when available will be sent to members and will be located on

☛NOTE: To participate in Barn Hunt, dogs need to be registered through the Barn Hunt
Association. To register, go to http://www.barnhunt.com/register.html. Registration is a onetime lifetime per dog fee of $30. There are no annual membership fees.

When Barn Hunt opens for entries, Standard Schnauzers and volunteers will get priority for the first two weeks. This year we are utilizing a website for online entries and you can pay via PayPal. All the info will be in the premium. Of course you can always mail your entries to the trial secretary as well.

On Friday, September 24, 2021, the day before the Barn Hunt, we will have run-throughs
available at the trial site in Smithfield, VA. You can introduce your dog to a rat or brush up on
your dog’s skills before the trial. More info coming soon.

CONTACT BARN HUNT CHAIR, MELISSA DIMELER at megdime@hotmail.com (preferred) or 301-351-5474 to volunteer, sign up for a barn hunt private lesson on 9/24 or with any questions.

November 6-7 PVSSC Fast CAT

A PVSSC Fast CAT will be held in Finksburg, MD. The premium will be sent to members and will be located on https://www.sugarloafmountainracing.com. When it opens you will need to be on the website, ready to purchase your runs. It can fill very fast!

volunteer you will get advanced entry! The jobs are easy and you will only need to commit to
8am – 1pm-ish on Saturday and/or Sunday. Last year we didn’t have enough members
volunteer and we had to get help from another club.

CONTACT FAST CAT TRIAL CHAIR, MELISSA DIMELER at megdime@hotmail.com (preferred) or 301-351-5474 to volunteer or with any questions.

November 6-7 PVSSC Supported Entries

The PVSSC will have SUPPORTED ENTRIES at both Warrenton Kennel Club and Old Dominion Kennel Club at their shows at the Meadow Event Park, Doswell, VA. Trophies will be offered by PVSSC for all major placements. William Daugherty is the judge at Warrenton and Dana Cline is the judge for Old Dominion.

The Premium lists, when available, will be sent to members and will also be available through the MBF dog show website.

Next Meeting or Event

Next Meeting or Event

Sunday, August 29

The meeting will be after the PVSSC Specialty at Doswell, Virginia, outside in a PVSSC tent. Ringtimes will be announced in the near future which will give you an idea of approximate time for meeting. This meeting will count as the August meeting.

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 Tuesday, July 27th 2021