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 Moves to 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.

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. Exact schedule TBD.

The agility trial and show schedule looks like this:

August 23-24: SSCA Agility Trials
August 25: All-breed Conformation show
August 26: KSSC Supported Entry
August 27: Heartland SSC Specialty & Sweeps
August 28: SSCA National Specialty & Sweeps, Obedience and Rally
August 29: PVSSC Specialty & Sweeps

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.

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., Mechanicville, 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.

Next Meeting or Event

Next Meeting or Event

Message from Lovey Lyons, PVSSC President:

Happy New Year everyone.  I hope everyone had a great holiday time. The meeting on December 5th was great!  The winners were Denise Tokarcik, Best Schnauzer Theme; Todd Davis, Best Holiday; and Ila Schmeling, Best Background. I want to thank everyone for participating in our contest. I hope you enjoyed the meeting as much as I did.

2021 is now here and we are getting ready to have the 2021 National Schnauzer Club Specialty. Our Chairperson Lisa Klepp is working hard to bring the show together in June.  The Web page is up and running at http://www.standardschnauzer.org/ssca2021/. If you have not volunteered to help, please contact Lisa or myself. 

Please remember that your membership dues need to be paid by Feb. 28, 2021. You may fill out the form on line and pay by check or online via PayPal. See PVSSC Dues below on this page.

Awards applications are due to Pam Minnich and Nicole Miller by Feb. 1, 2021. Please remember to read the directions for applying and turn in all information on time.

As President, I am saddened to tell the club of the passing of AKC Judge Roger Hartinger.  He was truly a wonderful judge that will be missed by many. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Please watch the Wiretap, PVSSC Webpage and your email for updates.


Next Meeting April 24

Our next meeting will be April 24 in Timonium, MD. Time TBD

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 Sunday, February 7th 2021