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

October 9-11 Barn Hunt & Seminar

A Barn Hunt seminar will be held on Friday, October 9th. The seminar consists of 2-hour working sessions for $40/dog (club members). Our 10 AM topic will be indication issues, 12:30 PM will be new handlers or new dogs, and 3:00 PM will be handling skills for senior/master dogs. These will be taught by Elizabeth Staley. If you wish to have a seminar spot please email Michelle Bell (aussielvr@gmail.com) as soon as possible with your desired topic. First come first served with a limit of 4-5 teams per slot.

The PVSSC barn hunt will be held at the Isle of Calais Healthy Outdoors, 19393 Spring Lake Drive Smithfield, VA on October 10 and 11. The chairperson is Melissa Dimeler and Secretary is Michelle Bell. Our judges will be Elizabeth Staley on Saturday and Heidi Connolly on Sunday. For information about how to register and rules for the IOC, see:

Please go to the COVID requirements link in the premium (http://www.barnhunt.com/covid-19.html). These arequirements are not spelled out because they are subject to change,. The BHA has requirements for participating in a trial during this time of COVID and these will be strictly adhered to. Anyone not following the requirements will be asked to leave the property and forfeit all entries. For example, at this time, cloth face coverings must be worn at all times outside of your vehicle, no face shields or masks with vents/gaskets are permitted for competitors.

Entries open September 1, but PVSSC club members who wish to enter should email Michelle Bell (aussielvr@gmail.com) ASAP to let her know how many dogs you are entering in which classes. This year we are reducing the classes offered to just one Crazy 8 run because the number of runs we can have in total are reduced due to the COVID changes.

Volunteers Needed. Anyone who is willing and able to volunteer please reach out to Melissa DImeler (megdime@hotmail.com). We have several local experienced competitors who have already stated they are willing to help since we are not certain how many club members will wish to travel.

Updated on Thursday, August 13th 2020