My mini is pretty spoiled too, but she spoils me as well with her attention. I, too, like the non-shedding aspect of a Schnauzer. My girl is a good watch dog, but gets a bit over-enthusiastic with the barking when a neighborhood cat dares to climb over our fence! If I am not near the front of the house when the mail carrier arrives, she comes to get me. I think what I like most about Schnauzers is the varying tones of the barks they use for different reasons. It's almost like they are talking a special Schnauzer language. She "mumbles" if I don't let her do something she wants to do. It's so funny, but I try not to laugh aloud.