Hi. I got a schauzer about 10 months ago. She is awsome. I didn't think I could bond with an animal like I have her. I was concerned like you but what changed my mind was everyone that had a schauzer that I knew just loved them and they have the best personalities. My dog was a little nippy at first and I could not figure it out. It was only when she was being held. I corrected her and now she is wonderful. She is around alot of people because I cut hair in my home. She loves everyone and people fall in love with her. I never liked the look of schnauzers but they don't really cause allergies and that is why I picked the breed. My groomer leaves her face a little fuller and she is so adorable. Also I did not crop her ears. That is just my opinion. She was so easy to train and she is soo soo smart. She loves our kids and she never hardly barks. I work with her alot and when she does bark it is when someone is at the door and I tell her quiet and she listens. Her bark is more of a "hey I'm over here, come pet me" ! She has never chewed any thing or hurt any thing in my house until last week when I went away for 10 days and left her with my mom and dad and kids. She got separation anxiety and chewed my carpet but boy does she know when we are upset. She high tails it out the doggie door when we come home. I took someones advice and left her a pig ear and she did good yesturday. No chew fits. Any way I love her and I am amazed at the friends I have that have them really love them. She follows me every where and she really loves the kids. When they are at school and I say lets get the kids she goes nuts. Any way I love her but any dog can be good if you work with them and spend lots of time with them. She is part of our family..
I would not trade my schnauzers for anything. I have had different breeds down thru the years but these are the smartest little dogs I have ever seen They are like talking to a human. My 2 females will talk to you. The male is not so much like that, but, he is real sweet. They do bark alot and they require alot of grooming. I use to groom so it saves me alot of money being able to groom them myself. Theirs ears are cropped, but if and when I ever get another one I will leave their ears natural. I think they are so cute like that. My male weighs about 20lbs. I have one female that weighs about 18lbs. and then the little toy weighs about 10lbs. They are my babies.!!!!
I raise miniature schnauzers, and there is NO other breed for me. I can't help it, how can you resist them! I groom them all myself. I have a website if you would like to visit it with pictures of all my dogs.