Potomac Valley Golden Retriever Club

The Potomac Valley Golden Retriever Club (PVGRC), a non-profit organization, was formed in 1968 to promote the purebred Golden Retriever and to do all possible to bring their natural qualities to perfection.

We urge members and breeders to accept the standard of the breed as approved by the American Kennel Club (AKC) as the only standard of excellence by which Golden Retrievers shall be judged; we do all in our power to protect and advance the interests of the breed by encouraging sportsmanlike competition at dog shows as well as conducting sanctioned and licensed specialty shows, field events, obedience trials, and agility trials under the rules of the AKC.

At present we have members ranging from South Carolina to New York, with the heaviest concentration in the Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania areas. Our membership runs about 400, with 60 members being the most active.

We are a member Club of the Golden Retriever Club of America (GRCA), which in turn, is a member of the AKC. We are eligible to host Regional and National Specialty Shows and Trials, as well as our own Independent Specialty.

We publish a newsletter every other month, containing a calendar of upcoming events; field, obedience, rally, agility and show results for club members; various informational articles of interest, along with medical information relating to our Goldens.

Each year at our annual Awards Banquet, club members and their dogs are honored with rosettes and trophies recognizing their accomplishments during the year.

Many of our members also belong to GRREAT (Golden Retriever Rescue, Education and Training). This organization got its start from some very dedicated members of PVGRC. The group works feverishly to make sure homes are found for any unwanted or abused Goldens and those found in shelters ready for euthanasia. Foster homes are always in demand while these dogs await adoption.

We look forward to educating and welcoming into membership all who are crazy about Goldens as the rest of us…. come join us!

Club Activities

Meetings & Educational Programs
Held 6 times throughout the year, sometimes in conjunction with different PVGRC events. Meeting dates will be posted on the club calendar and in the newsletter.
Field & Tracking
Training sessions
Specialty Shows, Obedience & Rally Trials
In March in conjunction with Maryland Sporting Dog Club shows
WC/WCX Field Test
Spring & Fall
Specialty Conformation, Obedience & Rally Match
Match dates vary, usually in August & September
Field & Tracking
April, June & September
AKC Hunting Retriever Test
AKC Tracking Test
K9 Olympics, Veterans Day, Holiday Party
Annual fun day, a day honoring senior Goldens, and a fun end-of-year holiday-time event for people as well as puppy and adult dog games and events.