I like Dachshunds, Chihuahuas not so much. (The reasons for my lack of fondness, should you care to hear them, can be found here, and are largely to do with lack of house training.)
Despite my negative feelings toward Chihuahuas, I am, however, most intrigued by the Chiweenie. Crossing a Chihuahua with a wiener dog seems to bring out the best of both breeds. The resulting hybrid or designer dog is far tougher and way more adventurous than your typical Chihuahua and much less prone to back problems than the average Dachshund. (And really apart from that, what other real problems do Doxies have?)
Last Christmas, my Scottish Terrier boarded with a Vet’s assistant and her Chiweenie, a real alpha boy who had everyone whipped into shape. You wouldn’t want to tangle with him. and just like his boarder, he happily went outside in the middle of winter.
Looks wise, he appeared more like a bad example of a Dachshund than anything else, but the fact that he was less long of body and had longer legs seemed to really work in his favour. He reminded me of a scrappy street fighter.
I’m not surprised to see Chiweeenies becoming more popular, and as long as they and other crosses are bred by someone reputable and not a puppy miller, I don’t have any problem with designer dogs. If anyone objects, just show them to Super Chiweenie. No one’s going to put him in a handbag!
Update: This Chiweenie video isn’t great quality but it gives you an idea how feisty this little dogs can be.