The miniature schnauzer is a great watch dog but you will need to do some teaching on what is to be barked at and what isn’t. They are very intelligent and learn easily. The miniature schnauzer loves toys and they will entertain themselves with no problem. They are lovers and very loyal to their owners. It’s important to socialize them at a young age for acceptance to people and other animals even though they are well mannered and obedient by nature. Obedient training needs to be started while they are young but this is true with any breed of dog.