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:

April 22nd Virtual Meeting & 2023-2023 Officer/Board Nominations

Time: 7 pm on Ring Central. Details on the virtual link will be provided a week before the meeting.

Topic: Election!

All nominees or their nominator must provide a letter/email to the PVSSC Secretary confirming that they are willing to serve, or they must state so at the April meetingPer the Constitution, nominees must have been a PVSSC member in good standing for at least a year.  

The Nominating Committee has proposed the following slate for our club’s 2023-2024 Officers and Board of Directors:

President: Lisa Klepp

Vice-President: Lovey Lyons

Secretary: Kelly Radcliffe

Treasurer: Marianna Herpel

Board (two-year term): Stephanie Blanks, Michelle Root, Pamela Minnich. Gail Mackiernan has a year left in her 2-year BOD term.

Submitted by PVSSC Nominating Committee: Chair Pamela Minnich, Pat White, and Michelle Root.

Additional Nominations can be made in accordance with the PVSSC Constitution. These can be made by letter/email submitted to the PVSSC Secretary or in person at the Saturday, April 22 Virtual Meeting, 7 pm on RingCentral.

Election for the PVSSC 2023-2024 Officers and Board will be at the May 21st in-person meeting at the PVSSC Supported Show, Carroll Co. KC, West Friendship, MD. (Meeting details will be emailed when available.)

May 21 Supported Entry & Annual Meeting To Elect Officers

Supported entry, Carroll County Kennel Club, Howard County Fairgrounds. Annual meeting to elect officers will be held after SS judging.

June 17 Annual Awards Picnic

Fauquier Park, Marshall, VA.

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, March 18 Virtual Meeting 

Time: 7 pm. See your email for details on how this Ringcentral meeting.

Program: In honor of Oscars week, it will focus on SS in Classic Hollywood! “Schnauzers in the Spotlight” by Gail Mackiernan. During film’s Golden Age in the 30s and 40s, some very interesting show business folks owned Standard Schnauzers. What famous SS owner and breeder – whose dogs are behind many of ours today – was a popular vaudeville performer and later, owned a rather racy gay bar which attracted Hollywood’s elite? What famous movie star started a notorious brawl over his dog? What film *should* have starred a SS, but did not? And did the breed dodge a bullet as a result? All will be revealed Saturday!”


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