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.

May 11, Saturday. PVSSC AKC Farm Dog Trials

The PVSSC will be hosting an AKC Farm dog test at Blue Ridge K9 Training Center, 2886 Waynesboro Pike, Fairfield, PA 17320 (north of Hagerstown and just over the border from Maryland). Pat and Randy Sutton are our judges.

Note there will be TWO trials on May 11, so a Farm Dog Certified title can be completed in one day. Those who qualify in the 2 trials will get a FDC rosette.

Entries are now open! Standard Schnauzers will have a TWO-WEEK WINDOW to enter (until April 3rd), after which entries will open for all breeds. All entries must be made online through Sugarloaf Mountain Racing, Ching-Yao Yu, Event Secretary.

Instructions for entering are below the Premium list on this page. All details on the Trials, including descriptions of the twelve tasks that will be evaluated, are in the Premium List:

To Enter

1. Go to the Sugarloaf Mountain Racing homepage at www.sugarloafmountainracing.com.

2. Scroll down to the PVSSC logo, with date and event location, hover over it and click on “Shop”. A page will open with two logos, for Event 1 and Event 2.

3. Select by clicking on one of the logos, and at bottom, select “Add to Cart’ with number of dogs you are entering for that trial. Then go back and repeat for the other trial if you plan to enter both. Go up to top of page and click “View Cart” to make sure you have correct info in it.

4. Click Checkout. You will be directed to a payment page. Only after payment is made can you fill in the on-line entry form! You will get a return invoice # (payment acknowledgement) by email.

5. Copy your invoice number!

6. Go to the Online Entry Form page (listed on heading at top of page, just click on it)

7. Paste your invoice # in the red-starred box at top of form.

8. Scroll down through list of events to May 11 and find PVSSC FDC Trial 1 or Trial 2. Select the Trials you paid for and fill out the rest of the form. For the question asking for “Additional handlers” type NONE. At the bottom of the form in the “Rosette” box, type “FDC“.

8. Agree to AKC terms and sign form. You will need to fill in separate forms for each trial as they are separate events, and of course, a form for each dog entered.

May 18-19, Saturday & Sunday. Annual Meeting to Elect Officers and Sponsored Confirmation Entries

The PVSSC will sponsor entries for the Carrol County Kennel Club on May 18th and 19th at Howard County Fairgrounds in West Friendship, MD.

Our annual meeting to elect officers will be held on May 18 after the SS judging.

Details to follow.

June 15, Saturday. Annual Awards Picnic

The PVSSC will have its Annual Awards Picnic at Fauquier Park in Marshall, VA. Details to follow.

August 21-25, Wednesday-Sunday. SSCA National Specialty

The SSCA is holding its annual National Specialty at Purina Farms in Greys Summit, Missouri (https://www.purina.com/purina-farms). In addition to Confirmation, there will be 3 days of Agility, Barn Hunt, and Obedience/Rally. Giant Schnauzers will join in the fun and will be sponsoring FastCat and Scentwork.

On Sunday, August 25, the PVSSC will be holding our Annual Specialty in conjunction with the SSCA National.

For more details as they become available, see the SSCA website https://www.standardschnauzer.org/ssca2024/.

November 2-3, Saturday & Sunday. PVSSC FastCat Trials

The PVSSC will be hosting FastCAT trials in Walkersville, MD. Stay tuned for details.

Next Meeting or Club Event

Next Meeting or Club Event

Saturday, April 20. Virtual meeting on RingCentral Platform

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

Program: PVSSC Virtual Meeting which will include additional nominations for our board. 

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, March 5th 2024