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


Saturday & Sunday, November 5-6

The PVSSC Fast CAT will be held at the Walkersville Fire Department, Walkersville, MD, with two trials each day. There is a total of 4 days of events, Thursday-Sunday, November 3-6, with the first two days held by the Dog Owners’ Training Club of Maryland.

For more info on Fast CAT, go to: https://www.akc.org/sports/coursing/fast-cat/.

Premium OPEN AT 8 pm on Monday, September 26 on https://www.sugarloafmountainracing.com.

Runs start at 9:00 AM – See details below. (Note DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME ENDS at 2:00AM ON SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2022!)

From Trial Secretary Ching‐Yao Yu:

Entries will be limited to 90 dogs per event, two events daily running concurrently starting at 9:00AM. Run your dog twice within one hour with a break between runs if entered twice, pick up your ribbons, and your dog is done for the day. Run order will be based on the order of entries received. If you wish to run earlier when it’s cooler, enter early! Those entering later or close to the closing date will NOT get preferential treatment to run early.

Club worker dogs run at 9:00AM, followed by all remaining dogs. Plan accordingly, once again do not ask for early run times when you enter late because you’re not going to get it. Show hours are clearly stated in the premium, so don’t plan on doing something else during these show hours and complain later when you double-book yourself for another event.

Volunteers are needed to help run the trial and will be given a free lunch. Contact Melissa Dimeler, Trial Chair, for more information.

Annual PVSSC Specialty

Sunday, Nov. 6

Our 2022 Specialty is Dedicated to the Memories of Erich Rutscheidt and Frances KIngery.

Location: Old Dominion KC show Meadow Event Park, Doswell, Virginia.

JUDGES: Sweepstakes: Rebecca Heubi; Regular Classes: Peggy Beisel-McIlwaine.

There will be a brief PVSSC meeting at the Specialty, after judging.

Warrenton KC will have a supported entry on Saturday, Nov. 5. Judge is Sioux Forsyth-Green.


CatAlog advertising

Catalog advertising for the Old Dominion KC show (PVSSC Specialty) will be available at cost to PVSSC members$24.00 a page and $10.00 per photo. Camera ready copy needs to go to Annie Andrews (AndrewsMysticRun@gmail.com), ODKC catalog advertising chair, no later than Monday, September 19th.

The ads need to be neatly typed out with a high resolution photo.  You can also use an ad you have used previously, if you know the show name (needs to be an MBF show), date, which kennel club and (if possible) page the ad was on and they will duplicate

Stay tuned for additional details.

AKC ACT Standard 1 & 2 Agility Testing Trial

October 8th

Talbot Kennel Club will be offering an AKC ACT Standard 1 & 2 agility testing trial on October 8, 2022 at the Talbot Kennel Club Training Building. ACT 1 is designed for the beginner level Agility dog to show beginning sequencing and performance skills.  There will be two rounds for ACT 1 Standard, giving the handler an opportunity to earn a new title.  There will also be an ACT 2 Standard with two rounds and the opportunity to earn a second title.
For more information on the event and entry form visit the TKC website at https://www.talbotkennelclub.org/acttrial2022.

Next Meeting or Club Event

Next Meeting or Event

General Meeting and Annual Match!

Sunday, September 11

The General Meeting will be held during the lunch break between Obedience and Breed judging.

Location: Canine Training Association (CTA), 6822 Distribution Drive, Beltsville, Md. 20705 (the second CTA building down on the street).

On-site Registration: 9-10 AM Obedience; 9 AM-1 PM Conformation.

Judging Times: Rally 9 AM followed by Obedience. Conformation 1:30 PM.

Judges: Rally and Obedience Judge — Mr. Allie Lee
Confirmation Judge — Ms. Patti Engle

Ila Schmeling is Chair and Sue Anne Howell is Secretary.

Lunch will be Lido’s Pizza.

Click Next Meeting or Club Event 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, May 2nd 2022