Try this site: Bichon Frise Information Service, it might help you a little. My family has a Bichon Frise/Westie Mix and we adore him, all of us. Our family consist of my husband, myself, our two sons in their 20's and my mother in her mid 80's. This breed is wonderful for all of us. My guys love to rough house with the dogs and my mother and I love to cuddle and hold the dogs. We have always had larger dogs but this time round I new I had to have a smaller dog because I take him to the vets, groomers etc. and I could hardly get our last dog into the car when he was sick and he only weighed 68 lbs. The Bichons are about 15inches tall and weigh about 15-18 lbs. the Westie is about the same. They are usually all white but can have some apricot color to them. They have black eyes and noses. They are very sturdy dogs. I was told that the male Bichons are more lovey than the females. Can live in an apartment or on a farm, they adapt to either setting. I have learned since getting Cody that they can be a little hard to housebreak. Cody does great with the wetting outside, it is the big job we are still working on. Cody is 10 months old. The guys will rough house with him, run with him in the house and have a great time and Cody loves it, but he is just as happy to sit with us or on us and be lovey-dovey and give you lots of kisses and tail wagging. They can be diggers and chasers of vermits if you let them. This breed loves to socialize too. They want to be part of the family and do everything the family does. they love for you to take them along even if its just a short trip to the drug store but yet if we tell Cody not this time he goes to his cage and waits for a treat and is content till we get back. Cody loves to be around people and other dogs, when we go to friends and/or other family members homes the dogs will share their toys and bones with each other. It took a little while to get them to this point (just a few visits) but it is so worth it! Cody is a great little travler, my in-laws live in Pittsburgh, about 2-1/2 hrs. from us and Cody has been there twice so far and he did great going and coming. I could go on and on, I just love this little guy but I do realize that each dog is different even in the same breed but based on my experience with our Bichon/Westie mix I would recommend it to anyone. Our experiences with Cody so far has been wounderful, he loves the young and the old (we take him to the Nursing Home where one of my brothers resides and he loves the older ladies fussing over him and they have a BIG black lab named Mr. Biggs and we take the two dogs and my brother out for walks and everyone gets along just fine! We look a little silly I am sure, this huge 180 lb. black dog and this little 16 lb. white fluffy dog and a person in a wheelchair with someone else holding onto the leashes while pushing the chair! But EVERYONE is very HAPPY ! Good luck and just keep researching.
Here is a picture of my Bichon: Chloe': http://www.dogster.com/?34874. Go to this site and you can see her. She is the best dog I have ever had. If you are looking for a real pal, one who likes to go every where you go...this is the greatist breed.
Hi there I have a Bichon I live in the UK, I also rescue them, they are a terrific breed and great companions. I would recommend this breed if you want a friendly, lively member of your family. I get alot of help from http://bichonbanter2.mywowbb.com they are all bichon pet owners and give advice. Have you considered giving a home to a rescued Bichon?