Although I favor the Poodle breed, I am very fond of Papillons. They're quick, clean, energetic, and affectionate. Many Poodle breeders consider Papillons wonderful "retirement dogs:" Papillons are almost as smart as Poodles, but Papillons don't require intense grooming.
"Izzy" is a fine example of the Papillon breed:
Verona, Wisconsin, December 2012. Izzy gives me her full attention.
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The Papillon is "a small, sociable dog with great enthusiasm" that can "channel its inner Napoleon:"