Could be. I guess they are looking for something hypoallergenic and from a rescue/shelter. That's my Daisy. (But they can't have her.) A quote from the article:
"For a family," says handler Doug Becker, a captain (who trains volunteers) at a shelter in Manhattan, "a Bichon is the best dog you could own, because it does well with kids and with a lot of people in the household."
A Bichon is also free from causing the allergy problem. "Like with a poodle, you can even pick one up while you're wearing a dark sweater and there will be no dander whatsoever," says Becker.
Further extolling the breed's virtues as far as the Obamas would be concerned, Becker said, "Bichons are also loyal and intelligent. The only downside: They must be groomed weekly, because their hair just keeps growing."
Not that it is important in the least, but it'd be kind of fun to see a fellow fluff in the White House. White House. White Dog. Black First Family. Seems like a natural fit, right?