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May 13, 2015 PetGuide
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Pocket Pitbull

 
  • Height: 12-16 inches
  • Weight: 11-22 lb
  • Lifespan: 11-13 years
  • Group: Not applicable
  • Best Suited For: Families with children, active singles, houses with yard, watchdog
  • Temperament: Energetic, friendly, protective, intelligent
  • Comparable Breeds: American Pitbull Terrier, Patterdale Terrier

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If you are looking for an active and friendly breed like the American Pitbull Terrier but prefer something smaller, like a Patterdale Terrier, the Pocket Pitbull may be the perfect breed for you. As a mix of the two breeds, these designer dogs bring together the best traits of their parents into one hybrid dog. Owing to their unique lineage and traits, these miniature Pitbull mixes are a good choice for people who live in an apartment or active owners looking for a unique pet to be share adventures with.

The Pocket Pitbull is an intelligent and active breed that maintains a small but stocky stature. This breed is loyal and affectionate with family and, when properly trained and socialized, they do well with children. One thing to be wary of with this breed is that they need a lot of mental and physical stimulation to prevent the development of problem behaviors. All things considered, the Pocket Pitbull has a lot to offer to an experienced and dedicated owner. Are these dogs the right choice for you? Read on to find out.

If you are looking for an active and friendly breed like the American Pitbull Terrier but prefer something smaller, like a Patterdale Terrier, the Pocket Pitbull may be the perfect breed for you.

There might be a growing interest for miniature Pitbull mixes, but that doesn’t mean that this breed has a long and established history. In fact, there’s not much we know about the origin of the Pocket Pitbull. The main reason for this is the mixed breed lineage of these hybrids. Even though they have a “fancy” name and there’s a renewed interest in them, designer dogs are still simply mixed breed dogs to many people.

The Pocket Pitbull might sound like an exotic breed that just got its start, but there have probably been many Patterdale Terrier and Pitbull mixes throughout history. The only difference is that those crosses weren’t intentional- but rather a product of accidental mating between the two purebreds. No breeder claims that he or she were the ones to first breed the Pocket Pitbull, so there is no clear data about the breed’s origin. The best guess anyone can have is that these crossbreeds had a start similar to many other designer dogs- they were bred in the last 20 years somewhere in the United States.

The Pocket Pitbull is a hybrid of the American Pitbull Terrier and Patterdale TerrierPocket Pitbull is not a purebred dog. It is a hybrid of the American Pitbull Terrier and the Patterdale Terrier. Owing to the difference in size, the mom is always the Pitbull, and the dad is the smaller Patterdale Terrier. The Pocket Pitbull is a 50/50 cross of these two breeds, though it is possible to have a greater percentage of one breed if a first-generation breed is bred to either an American Pitbull Terrier or a Patterdale Terrier.

However, most breeders don’t do multigenerational breedings of Pocket Pitbulls, as it puts them at risk for certain breed specific health issues. If you are buying a multigenerational Pocket Pitbull puppy, make sure to ask for a health guarantee- good breeding will have a significant impact on your pet’s health throughout life.

All dogs need a high-quality diet that meets their nutritional needs. Providing proper food for your dog could significantly improve the quality of their life and promote good health overall. For the Pocket Pitbull, the best option is premium dry food for dogs. Kibble that’s made from high-grade ingredients and formulated to meet your dog’s unique needs will be all they require to thrive and live a long and happy life. In the case of these mixed breed dogs, you will have to pick kibble that is suitable for their age (puppy, adult, or senior), size and activity level. These dogs might be small but they are very energetic and their choice of food should accommodate for these traits.

The Pocket Pitbull does have a tendency toward being confident and independent, so early socialization and training is recommended.

The Pocket Pitbull does have a tendency toward being confident and independent, so early socialization and training is recommended. This breed is intelligent, so positive reinforcement methods are typically very effective as long as you maintain a firm and consistent hand in training. Training will also help to keep this dog’s energy and activity level under control and to prevent him from developing problem behaviors related to boredom or inadequate training.

The Pocket Pitbull is a fairly small dog with a stocky build. These dogs tend to stand between 12 and 16 inches tall, weighing about 11 to 22 lbs. at maturity.

The Pocket Pitbull is a friendly breed that can be very loyal and affectionate with family.The temperament of the Pocket Pitbull may vary according to breeding because it is a hybrid of two purebred dogs. For the most part, however, the dog is a friendly breed that can be very loyal and affectionate with family. These dogs are confident and intelligent so they require some level of mental stimulation in addition to regular physical exercise. In some cases, these dogs tend to take on a pack-leader-type role, so early socialization and training is mandatory. When properly trained, these dogs can get along well with children and they generally make good family pets for active families. These dogs also make great watchdogs because they are naturally protective of their territory and family.

The Pocket Pitbull is a hybrid breed and many people believe that these dogs tend to be healthier than their purebred parents. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. For the most part, Pocket Pitbulls are a hardy and healthy breed but they may be prone to developing certain health problems related to their short faces and stocky body structure. Their signature compact build might be attractive to people, but it can exacerbate certain health issues, especially those related to the respiratory and skeletal system.

As the offspring of two purebred dogs, the Pocket Pitbull Stands to inherit breed-specific health problems from both parents. These include hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism, heart issues, allergies, and various problems with their eyes.

The average lifespan of the Pocket Pitbull is between 11 and 13 years.

The Pocket Pitbull is a fairly active breed and requires plenty of daily exercise in addition to some active play time. These dogs are surprisingly energetic for being such a short, stocky breed and they are also highly intelligent. This being the case, they need plenty of mental stimulation in addition to physical stimulation to prevent the development of problem behaviors due to boredom.

The Pocket Pitbull is a friendly breed that can be very loyal and affectionate with family.

Because the Pocket Pitbull is technically a hybrid and not a purebred dog, it is not recognized by the American Kennel Club. It is recognized by the Dog Registry of America, Inc.

The Pocket Pitbull has a very short, smooth coat that is fairly easy to care for. You should expect some level of shedding, as is true with nearly all breeds, but it is easy to control with regular brushing. These dogs typically don’t require frequent grooming or bathing.

Early socialization and training is a must for the Pocket Pitbull breed because they are very smart and energetic. Socialization will help to ensure that the puppy does not become aloof around strangers and it will also help to ensure that they get along with other dogs. Proper training will help to prevent the development of Small Dog Syndrome and regular exercise will help to prevent boredom which could lead to destructive behaviors.

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Comparable Breeds

Go to American Pitbull Terrier

American Pitbull Terrier

  • Height: 17-19 inches
  • Weight: 30-85 lb
  • Lifespan: 12-16 years
  • Group: UKC Terrier
  • Best Suited For: Families with children, active singles, houses with yards
  • Temperament: Friendly, energetic, confident, gentle
  • Comparable Breeds: Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Bull Terrier
Go to Patterdale Terrier

Patterdale Terrier

  • Height: 12 inches
  • Weight: 11-13 lb
  • Lifespan: 11-13 years
  • Group: Not Applicable
  • Best Suited For: houses with yards, farms/rural areas, active singles, experienced dog owners
  • Temperament: Independent, confident, strong-willed, loving
  • Comparable Breeds: Jack Russell Terrier, Border Terrier