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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 donationsfor the National! To see what trophies are available, check:
Also, the specialty store is still open and we have some awesome items that you all will want. Go to the SSCA National Specialty 2021website 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.
April 10th Message from Lovey Lyons, PVSSC President:
I hope everyone is doing well. Our next meeting will be on Saturday, April 24th. We have a supported entry with the Old Dominion Kennel Club of Northern Virginia at the Maryland State Fairgrounds. There will be a short meeting after we finish showing. Please see your email for more information.
We are also planning a picnic and awards meeting on Sunday, June 27th. Thanks to Cindy Millard’s and Pat White’s legwork, we will be holding it at the Northern Fauquier Community Park in the Lakeview Shelter. The park is relatively new and nice. It is about 2+ miles off I-66, the Marshall exit. Dogs are allowed in the park and under the shelters. If there is interest, we can check into having a CGC test.
Please watch the Wiretap, our web site and your email for updates.
Next Meeting TBD
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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.
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