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

National Week of August 25-29

This is going to be a “Schnauzganza” with two days of SSCA Agility Trials at Mechanicsville (August 23-24) followed by five days of shows at The Meadow Event Center, Doswell (August 25-29) including three Specialties and a Supported Entry. Lisa Klepp is the
2021 SSCA National Specialty Show Chair and Michelle Bell is the Agility Trial Chair. Superintendent, MBF Dog Shows, infodog.com.

There will be a new competition offered at the shows this year. Because so many shows were cancelled during Covid, many owners were not able to get their young dogs into the ring. Some of these “kids” have now aged out of regular Sweepstakes. So we are offering a Senior Sweepstakes for dogs and bitches, 18-24 months and 24-30 months of age.

These events will be held under AKC Covid restrictions and we will have to give up some traditional indoor events normally associated with a National, such as the banquet. However the committee is looking at other options such as an outdoor picnic/barbecue.

The multi-Specialty Premium List is now available. Entries open July 20 and close August 11. See:

For more information about the agility trial and show schedule, see:

For those that want to order a video of their dog showing, see:

There is a lot of work involved with hosting a National, and there are many ways PVSSC members can help. To learn more about ways to help, see:

To make a hotel reservation for the conformation shows, see:

The SSCA Agility Trial is August 23 and 24, at Level Up Dog Sports, 8483 Old Richfood Rd., Mechanicsville, VA, with SS owner-judge Don Farage. The folks at LUDS will help us with workers, but anyone who wishes to volunteer let Trial Chair Michelle Bell know by emailing aussielvr@gmail.com. The COVID protocols at this location are enforced – be prepared to wear a well fitting mask the entire time on the property and if you are not a worker crating is outside. The Remind and Agility Gate apps will keep you informed of the trial progress including when walk-throughs and results are available. For more information about agility, see:

Folks with motor homes who are planning to attend the Agility trials, please note that there is no RV parking at the Agility site. We recommend reserving space at KOA Kings Dominion, which is 20-30 minutes away from trials.

We still need Trophy donations for the National! To see what trophies are available, check:

To make a donation for a trophy, see:

Also, the specialty store is still open and we have some awesome items that you all will want. Go to the SSCA National Specialty 2021 website and click on Specialty Store on the top tool bar to see the items available and an order form. Deadline for Specialty Store orders is April 23.

Updated on Tuesday, July 27th 2021