I'm going off to college in August and my parents are thinking of adding another to the pack (it seems they are finally fulfilling their wish of substituting their human daughter with a canine). I have been tasked to help them select my replacement.
The dog will have to be:
small -- Beagle size or below
easy to exercise -- My dogs currently walk/jog 3 miles a day. Despite my parents' repeated promises, I am thinking that once I'm gone it will probably be down to 1-2 miles a day or every other day. My dogs are getting on and I think they will be able to deal with this. The new dog needs to be able to as well.
non-yappy -- Sorry, this is a non-negotiable with my dad, who grew up with Dobes, Boxers, Rotties and GSDs.
low-shedding -- For my mom
Grooming-wise, I don't think they're willing to do very much at home. They'll be willing to send the dog to the groomer's maybe 2-4 times a year. (I'm not familiar with the world of grooming, so I'm not sure how much is considered "normal.")
As for training... I don't know. Obviously the more trainable, the better. My parents are not really the up-for-a-challenge type. Perhaps anything below the difficulty level of a Beagle. It's really hard to gauge.
Okay, so what do you guys think? Would a Miniature Schnauzer fit the bill? I think it would go okay except for the training perhaps. I have zero training experience with any breed besides the Beagle, so I'm completely unfamiliar with the "terrier personality." If not, what else would you suggest?