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.

The PVSSC is officially an AKC Fit Dog Club. We held our inaugural walk at our Awards picnic June 17, 2023.

Upcoming Events and Items of Interest

October 7 All-Breed Health Clinic

Saturday, Oct. 7

Location is Eagles Nest Animal Hospital, 9687 Barbara’s Way, King George, VA. See the Eagles Nest flyer for more details:

November 4-5 PVSSC FastCAT Trials

FastCAT trials will be held at Walkersville Fire Department Grounds, 79 W Frederick St. Walkersville, MD 21793 (Preceded by two trials on Friday & Saturday).

Premium List (below) goes LIVE – entries can now be made online – at 8 PM Saturday, September 16! Premium is also available at: https://www.sugarloafmountainracing.com.

Todd Davis is Trial Secretary for FastCAT and he REALLY needs PVSSC members to
volunteer to help! One day or both days would be greatly appreciated! Volunteers will get
priority entry and run times.
If you can help, contact Todd at todd.m.davisdc@gmail.com.

To understand more about the types of volunteer positions available, see:

There will also be Fit Dog Walks both days.

November 4-5 PVSSC Supported Entry & Annual Specialty

Meadow Event Park, Doswell, VA.

Sweepstakes Judge: Dani Rosenberry Breed Judge: Pat Trotter (Preceded by 4 days of shows including PVSSC Supported Show Saturday).

Premium List will be available on: https://infodog.com/show/calendar.

Next Meeting or Club Event

Saturday, October 7 PVSSC Barn Hunt Clinic 

Scott Minke will hold a Barn Hunt Clinic at Liberty Hill Pet Resort, Bealeton, VA. This is a great chance to learn more about a dog sport perfect for the Standard Schnauzer or, if you already compete, how to troubleshoot common issues.

Sign-up deadline is October 4.

Click here for more information and to be added to the waitlist

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 Thursday, February 23rd 2023