The Pocket Pitbull, which has skyrocketed in popularity in recent years, is a small pitbull that comes as a result of a hybrid or cross breed between the American Pit Bull Terrier and Patterdale Terrier.
Nowadays, people are favoring this type of pitbull over the larger sized American pitbull terrier.
When we say pocket pitbull, you might imagine a pocket sized dog, but this is in no way the true case. What’s meant by pocket pitbull is just that this breed is smaller than the parent breed.
The pocket pitbull is an excellent choice for individuals who wish to have a pitbull but are usually bothered by its size. This is probably the closest you’ll ever get to a compromise between the two.
Pocket pitbulls are also known as mini pitbulls or miniature pitbulls, as some people call them by these names.
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Characteristics Of A Pocket Pitbull (AKA Miniature Pitbull)
Here are some of the most noteworthy characteristics of pocket pitbulls:
Great watchdog: A pocket pitbull serves as a very good watchdog, as you can count on it to start barking and alert you or other members of your household if they see an intruder in the house
Impressive coat: Pocket pitbulls are renowned for their good looking and easy to care for coat, because it’s shiny, smooth, short and thick. The most common coat colors of pocket pitbulls are black, brown, cream, gray, and white
Doesn’t need a lot of grooming: Pocket pitbulls don’t need frequent grooming (unlike other dog breeds) to maintain their coat and keep it nice and clean
Highly active: Pocket pitbulls are highly active dogs, and they need their daily dose of exercise. So before you go ahead and get one of these, make sure you have the time and capabilities that allow them to get a decent amount of daily activity and mentally stimulating games and activities, or else you’re in for some big problems. Daily activities like a walk in the park, running and/or jogging are some ideas to get you going
Easy to train: Training this dog breed is not as hard as training some other dog breeds, because they just love to please their owners. However, with that being said, don’t expect it to be too easy. Pitbulls in general are more easily trainable than other dog breeds, but this isn’t always the case every time.
Life expectancy: Pocket pitbulls usually live anywhere from 11 to 13 years
Height: Pocket pitbulls are usually anywhere between 12 inches to 16 (or 17 inches in males) inches tall
Weight: Pocket pitbulls usually weigh anywhere from 30 pounds to 60 pounds
Temperament: Pocket pitbulls are known to be courageous at the right times, loyal, playful and very loving to owners who take good care of them, and very protective of these owners in return. A misconception that people have is that all pitbulls are aggressive in nature. That’s completely false. Well trained and properly socialized pitbulls can be some of the most loving pets that you and your kids will ever get around. It’s the badly trained and poorly socialized pitbulls that can be dangerously aggressive to people.
Barking: Pocket pitbulls rarely bark excessively for no reason, and that’s always a good thing as no one needs this annoying aspect of dogs in their lives!
Fit: The pocket pitbull physique is a proportionate and overall lean one, similar to that of any pitbull out there
Pocket Pitbull Price
Since pocket pitbulls are considered to be a designer dog breed and not a pure dog breed, and given the fact that miniature pitbulls aren’t exactly found in abundant amounts on the market, anyone looking to get one should be prepared to pay a more expensive price than they would with purebred pitbulls.
The average price of a mini pitbull (the same thing as a pocket pitbull) is around $1000.
A Note About Pocket Pitbull Personality
While general facts about personalities of pocket pitbulls are clearly stated everywhere, there’s no 100% certainty that your pocket pitbull is exactly like every other one, there are a lot of factors that determine whether this holds true or not.
The most important of these factors is the temperaments and personalities of the pocket pitbull’s parents and grandparents, as dogs often aquire all the traits of their parents and grandparents.
If you’re getting a pocket pitbull from a high quality breeder you know, chances are they will have records of the temperaments of this dog’s parents and grandparents, so you know what you’re in for. Lower quality dog breeders won’t have this much data in hand, so know who you’re doing business with!
If the pocket pitbull you want to get has parents that are known to be happy, well sociable and non-aggressive, that means that their offspring is most likely like that too.
However, if the pocket pitbull you want to get has parents that are known to be aggressive and not really sociable, it would be best if you forget about that dog and move on to other prospects.
Pocket Pitbull Names
Here are some of the other names that pocket pitbulls go by:
Pitbull patterdale mix
When Not To Buy A Pocket Pitbull
One of the most common situations where it would be best that you don’t buy a pocket pitbull is if you live in an apartment and have limited space/facilities/time to give this dog the daily physical activity it needs, as that would just make the dog miserable and lead them to start showing unwanted signs, such as aggressive behavior and excessive barking.
If you have a treadmill in your apartment, then that could just be the perfect solution to their daily activity needs.