I have never had a Schnauzers. But, a friend of mine has one. His name is Max. He is a sweet dog and got along great with the three other children in the family. He likes to bark a lot though. He also gets startled a bit. But, a great family pet. My friends father could not have certain kinds of dogs, because he was very sick. So, Max was a perfect match. He does not shed and he likes being a lap dog. He really enjoys getting petted by his father, who was wheel chair bound. Max also has a lot of energy and likes running after toys and running around the yard with the kids. Hope that helps you.