I love dogs and love to write about them, but I also enjoy writing about science and cooking. Zeus, my black and tan miniature pinscher, is the first dog that I have owned as an adult. I had never owned a min pin before, and was not quite sure what to expect. I knew that they were supposed to be smart, but I thought that meant easy to train. Silly me. This illustrates why it is important to research a breed before adopting a puppy. While Zeus's story has a happy ending, many do not. This is because a well-trained min pin is a joy; whereas, a not-so-well-trained min pin can be a handful.