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

T-Shirts for sale

Our club is now offering PVSSC T-shirts, featuring a drawing of “SS Mother and Son,” with the club logo and name spelled out. These excellent quality Gildan t-shirts come in light blue and sand color, printed in black. Both youth and adult sizes through 3x large are available. Price ranges from $24-$26, based on size.

Blue Shirt with logo

The t-shirts can be ordered online from the PVSSC website, at www.pvssc.org/shop, either using PayPal or a personal credit card. You may also write a personal check and send it to Sue Anne with this form:

Shipping is free or they can be picked up from Ways and Means Chair Sue Anne Howell at a club event.

April 27 Canine Health Clinic

A Canine Health Clinic will be held in King George, Virginia (near Fredericksburg) on April 27. The organizer, Sharlene Pitman (brookhavenlabradors@verizon.net) emphasized that these are OFA health clearances only. You must schedule with her for a slot.

Some tests already have waiting lists (e.g. hips and elbows) but during the last clinic the top 15 on the waiting list did get in. Echo slots are very limited but plenty of Thyroid and Eye exams available at this moment. See attached flyer for details.

Next Meeting or Club Event

Next Meeting or Club Event

Saturday, January 20 Virtual meeting on RingCentral Platform

Time: 7:30 Social time, Meeting 8 PM.

Program: Candace Craig will introduce the new Dog Sport of Hoopers. Unleash the excitement! Let’s delve into the world of Canine Hoopers—a thrilling activity that combines low-impact agility, teamwork, and fun for you and your four-legged companions. Hoopers is a fun dog sport that is ideal for dogs and owners of all ages and fitness levels. Learn how to navigate hoops, tunnels, and barrels, enhance your bond, and create unforgettable moments with your furry friends. Don’t miss this opportunity to explore the world of Canine Hoopers together!

Click Next Meeting or Club Event or see WireTap for more details and directions to the meeting or to connect to a virtual 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 Tuesday, February 6th 2024