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

Annual Match

Sunday, Sept. 11

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.

For more information, see the flyer:

PVSSC Club Barn Hunt–3 days

Friday, September 23 (PVSSC) and Saturday-Sunday, Sept 24-25 (Hat Trick Chaos club)

The PVSSC’s barn hunt trial will be held at the Hat Trick Chaos club at 1106 Penelope Lane, Williamston, NC 27892 with 2 more days of barn hunt at the same location sponsored by the Hat Trick hCaos club.

Registration opens August 24 and closes September 14. There are NO late or day of show entries.

To fill out the premium go to the Barn Hunt website, the Mid Atlantic Barn Hunt and FastCAT website, or use the form on this premium:

Please contact Trial Chair Melissa Dimeler if you are willing to help out. Contact Trial Secretary Michelle Bell with questions.

Annual PVSSC Specialty

Sunday, Nov. 6

Location: Old Dominion KC show in Doswell, Virginia.

Warrenton KC will have a supported entry on Saturday, Nov. 5.

Stay tuned for more details.

Next Meeting or Club Event

Next Meeting or Event

Dock Diving!

Saturday, August 13

Here is a great opportunity to get a GENTLE introduction to the fun dog sport of Dock-Diving! You and your dog will be carefully introduced to the ramp, the water, and – only if they are ready – jumping off the ramp to retrieve a toy.

Location: Walnut Hill Farm, 5634 Ridgview Road, Reva, VA 22735

Time: Set-up by 10:15 or so; dock diving 11 AM – 2 PM

PVSSC provides lunch! 

Payment for registration is due by August 10 by check to Lisa Klepp or PayPal: https://www.pvssc.org/dock-diving-discovery-fun-day/

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