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

2023 PVSSC Specialty Trophy Donations

We are now asking for 2023 PVSSC Specialty Trophy donations. You can support a specific trophy or class, or give general funds (no amount is too small). Trophies can be offered in memory of a person or dog(s), but not a living individual. Your dedication will be printed in the show catalog. Our trophy chairs, Holly Shan and Lisa Klepp, have some great items in mind so please consider a donation. These are the trophies for which you can make a donation to:

For an updated view of what is still needed, see https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1eSfft5GSthDHupJ65NqGiUljManZvE7FH-3and5MlUE/edit?usp=sharing_eil_se_dm&ts=6463d298

July 29 Dock-diving Fun Day

Dock-diving fun day, meeting and picnic in Riva, VA.

September 16 (Saturday) PVSSC B/OB Match

Beltsville, MD

November 4-5 PVSSC FastCAT Trials

Walkersville, MD.

November 4-5 PVSSC Supported Entry & Annual Specialty

Meadow Event Park, Doswell, VA.

Next Meeting or Club Event

Next Meeting or Event

Saturday, June 17 Annual Awards Meeting & Picnic

On Saturday, June 17, the PVSSC will have a picnic and meeting, and present our Annual Awards. There will also be a CGC and a Trick Dog test. Spots are limited so phone or email Melissa Jennings.

Location: Northern Fauquier Community Park, 4155 Monroe Parkway, Marshall, VA 20115 at the Lakeview Pavilion.

Time: 11 AM – 3 PM, with lunch at noon.

There will be a food truck available and the cost per person is $17 per person (with PVSSC paying tax and gratuity). Feel free to bring your own lunch instead. Payment for the club lunch must be received by Melissa Jennings no later than May 30. You can use this PayPal link to order food and pay or you can mail the following form with a check to Melissa Jennings by May 30:

DIRECTIONS: From the Washington Beltway, take I-66 West to the Business Route 17 Exit North towards Marshall. Turn Right on Old Stockyard Rd. At the intersection with Rt. 55, turn right. After 1.3 miles, turn left onto Monroe Parkway. Follow the parkway around, bearing right at fork. The Pavilion is on your right by the lake. Look for PVSSC signs.

For additional information, see:

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