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

September 25-26 PVSSC Barn Hunt

The PVSSC Barn Hunt will be held at The Isle of Calasis in Smithfield, VA. We are offering special awards for “Best Beard” and Highest Crazy 8 points each day, as well as high in class schnauzers.

Judges are Elizabeth Staley (Saturday) and Heidi Connolly (Sunday).

For detailed information, see the Barn Hunt premium.

☛NOTE: To participate in Barn Hunt, dogs need to be registered through the Barn Hunt
Association. To register, go to http://www.barnhunt.com/register.html. Registration is a onetime lifetime per dog fee of $30. There are no annual membership fees.

When Barn Hunt opens for entries, Standard Schnauzers and volunteers will get priority for the first two weeks. This year we are utilizing a website for online entries and you can pay via PayPal. All the info will be in the premium. Of course you can always mail your entries to the trial secretary as well.

On Friday, September 24, 2021, the day before the Barn Hunt, we will have run-throughs
available at the trial site in Smithfield, VA. You can introduce your dog to a rat or brush up on
your dog’s skills before the trial.

CONTACT BARN HUNT CHAIR, MELISSA DIMELER at megdime@hotmail.com (preferred) or 301-351-5474 to volunteer, sign up for a barn hunt private lesson on 9/24 or with any questions. Questions can also be emailed to Trial Secretary: Michelle Bell at aussielvr@gmail.com.

November 6-7 PVSSC Fast CAT

A PVSSC Fast CAT will be held in Finksburg, MD. The premium will be sent to members and will be located on https://www.sugarloafmountainracing.com. When it opens you will need to be on the website, ready to purchase your runs. It can fill very fast!

volunteer you will get advanced entry! The jobs are easy and you will only need to commit to
8am – 1pm-ish on Saturday and/or Sunday. Last year we didn’t have enough members
volunteer and we had to get help from another club.

CONTACT FAST CAT TRIAL CHAIR, MELISSA DIMELER at megdime@hotmail.com (preferred) or 301-351-5474 to volunteer or with any questions.

November 6-7 PVSSC Supported Entries

The PVSSC will have SUPPORTED ENTRIES at both Warrenton Kennel Club and Old Dominion Kennel Club at their shows at the Meadow Event Park, Doswell, VA. Trophies will be offered by PVSSC for all major placements. William Daugherty is the judge at Warrenton and Dana Cline is the judge for Old Dominion.

The Premium lists, when available, will be sent to members and will also be available through the MBF dog show website.



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 Tuesday, July 27th 2021