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

Now thru Midnight, Dec. 31

AKC Rally® Novice Virtual Pilot Program

The pilot program is designed to have a Rally Novice competitor set up a pre-designed AKC Rally® course in the safety of their own yard, record the performance and submit it to AKC. In turn, AKC will assign a pre-selected AKC Rally Judge to virtually review and score the team’s Rally performance. See the AKC website for more details.

B/OB Sanctioned Match

The PVSSC B/OB Sanctioned Match has been postponed until later this year per Match Chair Ila Schmeling. Stay tuned for more details as they become available.

Next Meeting or Event

Next Meeting or Event 

Message from Lovey Lyons, PVSSC President:

This has been a very unusual year. I hope everyone is healthy and happy. As PVSSC brings this year to a close we have planned our general meeting for Dec. 5th, 2020. To make this a fun meeting I am hoping that everyone that attends will decorate their space. The categories will be best holiday, best schnauzer theme, and best background. The winners will receive a prize.

Our Barn Hunt in October was a success. We had lots of participation and new titles. The Fast Cat at the end of October was well attended. It was cold (everyone else said so), I thought it was great. It was good that it didn’t rain all day Sunday. We had lots of first time runners and new titles.

Many of our members were at the Hunt Club Cluster and had a great show. I would like to congratulate the Warrenton Kennel Club for having a great show.

All of our members that worked these events will receive credit for attending a meeting. Thank you for all you do to help.

I wish everyone a great Thanksgiving and happy Holiday Season.


December 5 Virtual Meeting

Due to COVOID-19 uncertainties, our last meeting of the year will be a virtual meeting on December 5. Sign-in details TBD. As our President Lovey said in her message (above), to make the meeting fun please decorate your space that will appear in the virtual meeting. The categories will be best holiday, best schnauzer theme, and best background. The winners will receive a prize. Everyone that participates in the meeting will get credit for attending a meeting.

Click Next Meeting 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, August 13th 2020