Smart, loving, and excitable, the Miniature Schnauzer make for excellent companions. They are great at catching mice and also make good watchdogs, but today most people just want to sit with them in their lap. They should be socialized early and well to make sure they dong develop “small dog syndrome.” They are generally very good with people, friends and strangers alike, and they also play well with children. Also, if they are properly socialized, these dogs are very easy to travel with. .