The Pocket Pitbull: A Complete Guide

Having topped the popularity charts, the Pocket Pitbull is custom-made for people who want the aggression of an American Pitbull Terrier but are not comfortable with its size.

Keeping this consideration in mind, the American Pitbull Terrier is bred with a much smaller-sized dog, the Patterdale Terrier, to produce “Miniature Pitbulls”.

The name of this cross breed goes after the Pitbull lineage simply because the Pocket Pitbull resembles the Pitbull Terrier to a great extent.

Contrary to popular belief, this is not a dog so tiny it could fit into your pocket. It is just a smaller version of its Pitbull parent.

The Pocket Pitbull is practically a mini-Pitbull in pretty much every sense of the name.

Whether you’re single or have a family with children, or only just want a loyal accomplice on your hunting trails, the Pocket Pitbull will fit right into your lifestyle.

Considering to opt for the Pocket Pitbull undoubtedly comes with its own set of risks.

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Pocket Pitbull adores the company of toddlers.

Therefore, before you gamble and put a lot of your money at stake, we want you to be one hundred percent sure that the Pocket Pitbull is the right dog for you.

After all, we wouldn’t want you to waste a huge chunk of your finances on a pet that may not be best suited for you.

Having said that, there’s a fairly high chance that, with the right training and care, the Pocket Pitbull can very well be your perfect companion.

And to be able to decide that, the following manual has been compiled for prospective Pocket Pitbull owners.

This complete, easy-to-follow guide will not only inform you of all the prerequisites of having a Pocket Pitbull but will also unveil to you the secret behind the extravagant price-tag and high demand for this designer breed.

The Pocket Pitbull Puppies – Before You Buy…

The following are some questions that you should be able to answer confidently before you proceed with heading out to the nearest breeder to buy a Pocket Pitbull:

  • How much does a Pocket Pitbull puppy cost?
  • Where can I find trusted and reputable Pocket Pitbull breeders?
  • Is the Pocket Pitbull best suited to my lifestyle and requirements of a pet?

What price are the Pocket Pitbull puppies?

Given the high demand and uniqueness of the Pocket Pitbull, you can expect the price of this designer breed to easily exceed that of a purebred Pitbull.

The average micro-Pitbull can cost you $1000 or more.

The common price range that is quoted to buyers is usually $1500 to $2500.

How to find reputable Pocket Pitbull breeders?

The Pocket Pitbull, unlike other toy dogs, is not bred from the tiniest members of the Pitbull family.

This is a mixed, designer breed that is the offspring of two different dog breeds.

While being a highly sought-after breed is definitely a head-turner, the downside to anything that has great demand includes the immeasurable profits garnered by the marketers.

Particularly with cross breeds like the Pocket Pitbull, it is very easy to get fooled by an irresponsible breeder.

The best way to settle on a trusted breeder is through a reference from someone you know, like a friend, acquaintance, or even your vet.

Another way to find a reliable breeder is to go through the website for AKC Marketplace, where you can research on any breed in depth and can get information on breeders as well.

When you meet a breeder, however, there are some fool-proof ways to be able to tell if the breeder is worthy of your time and trust:

  •  Reputable breeders will be eager to meet with you and show you around their kennel to allow you to see the quality of their dogs as well as gauge their relationship with the breeder.
  • Good breeders are those who encourage you to meet the parents of the puppy you’re about to buy, especially if it is a mixed breed. Looking at the puppy’s parents and the rest of its litter will give you a fair idea of what to expect from your Pocket Pitbull pup, both appearance-wise and temperament-wise.
  • Responsible breeders will thoroughly discuss with you any genetic health ailments that the breed could be at risk of inheriting. Ask to see the documentation that proves all the necessary health tests and screenings carried out on both the puppy and its previous generations.
  • A breeder who is genuinely concerned about the new family that the puppy is about to go into will not only inquire about your lifestyle and habits but will also make you sign a contract to ensure the safety and proper care for the puppy.

Remember, any breeder who takes the shortcut and skips over any of the aforementioned steps could very well be only interested in making some bucks from the sale of a puppy instead of sincerely wanting you to gel well with the puppy that is right for you.

3 Little-known facts about the Pocket Pitbull puppies

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Pocket Pitbull is not any more dangerous than other dogs.
  • The Pocket Pitbull doesn’t take hours to look this good

This is a relatively low-maintenance dog that does not require regular grooming.

The cherry on top is that, despite the less frequent grooming sessions, the Pocket Pitbull manages to turn heads wherever it goes.

Its short, silky, and shiny coat will get it many dumbfounded stares from onlookers and will make you feel proud to walk beside this beautiful dog.

  • Family comes before anything else for the Pocket Pitbull

The Pocket Pitbull is a territorial dog that will not think twice before defending its owners and family.

While this trait makes it an excellent guard dog that will never fail to alert you of a stranger in your vicinity, this habit does need to be kept in check.

In order to avoid excessive territorialism leading to an attack on any new face that walks into your home, it is imperative that you set some boundaries with this dog.

Through early training, you need to establish who the alpha of the house is, otherwise the Pocket Pitbull will jump at the opportunity to declare itself the leader of the pack.

  • The Pocket Pitbull is a great companion for kids

Owing to the “nanny dog” gene that the Pocket Pit inherits from its Pitbull lineage, this is a canine that will make the best of friends with your children.

Having said that, since it does have an aggressive streak, it is best to train the dog well in this regard, and also supervise its interactions with toddlers.

This supervision is not only necessary to ensure that the dog plays safely with the children, but also to keep an eye on how children handle the dog.

Teach your kids how to pet the dog, how to play with it, and when to give it its own space.

Furthermore, small children will be at risk of getting toppled over by the boisterous energy of the Pocket Pitbull.

Physical Traits of the Pocket Pitbull

The looks of the Pocket Pitbull can be very deceiving, as is its name.

Neither is this a dog small enough to fit into your pocket, nor is its size proportionate to its strength.

The Pocket Pit is a short but stocky dog that can weigh surprisingly a lot.

How big is a full-grown Pocket Pitbull?

The standard weight for a Pocket Pitbull is about 35 to 60 pounds, depending on its genes and diet.

As a short breed, Pocket Pitbulls will usually grow only up to 12 to 16 inches tall, and anything above that will disqualify it as a miniature Pitbull.

What is the life expectancy of the Pocket Pitbull?

A healthy, well-fed and active Pocket Pitbull will live a good 11 to 13 years.

An even longer lifespan can be expected of it if the Pocket Pit is kept in perfect condition and top shape.

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Pocket Pitbull

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Pocket Pitbull resembles the Pitbull Terrier to a great extent.

Since it is a hybrid breed, a lot rides on the ancestral heritage of the Pocket Pitbull.
The personality traits of the Pocket Pitbull can take after either side of the family.

However, a common trait found amongst nearly all Pocket Pitbulls is that of unquestionable loyalty and protectiveness towards its owners.

This is an intelligent breed with an independent mind that will do well with sufficient mental stimulation.

The personality of this miniature dog is not to be judged by its small size, for inside that tiny package is a bold, strong character that has a strong urge to assume the position as the leader of the pack.

A firm hand with consistent positive reinforcement and early socialization will go a long way to tweak any behavioral issues that the dog may develop. This is the only technique that will mould the Pocket Pitbull into the perfect family dog.

In addition to being friendly and affectionate towards its owner, family, and children in the house, the natural territorial instinct of the Pocket Pitbull makes it a great watchdog.

The Pocket Pitbull Diet

It is important to feed your Pocket Pitbull a nutritious diet to boost its health and development.
The Pocket Pitbull can eat raw, premium, and homemade dog food.

Raw foods like pork, fruits, vegetables, meat, turkey, and fish are some natural sources of nutrition that serve as healthy, organic alternatives to other kinds of food.

Premium dog kibble, while a tad pricey, is highly beneficial. These premium foods make for a high-quality diet of vitamins, proteins, and antioxidants that allow for easy digestion by the Pocket Pitbull.

The benefit of homemade dog food is the control you have over the ingredients that are going in your pet’s system. As long as the food is prepared with excellent hygiene, your Pocket Pitbull will benefit greatly from a diet.

How much Exercise does a Pocket Pitbull need?

The Pocket Pitbull can rightly be described as atomic energy stored in a small package.

This active breed will need an ample amount of playtime and regular exercise to keep its body and mind engaged and stimulated.

If you don’t want to face the destructive, demanding side of the Pocket Pitbull, make sure that your dog is not left alone in solitude.

Remember, the Pocket Pitbull will act out as a result of boredom, so your best bet is to avoid that by keeping it immersed in a minimum of one hour a day of interactive exercise.

Owing to two very active parent breeds, the mini Pitbull is also a working dog that can be a delightful partner during your exercise routine.

The Pocket Pitbull Health and Conditions

As with most dog breeds, the Pocket Pitbull is prone to some health ailments common amongst canines.

These issues can arise as a result of two sources: either the Pocket Pitbull will be predisposed to certain genetic health problems, or issues can arise as a result of improper care.

In comparison to its parent breeds, however, the Pocket Pitbull is usually more immune to hereditary diseases than its parents.

Barring some issues related to the stout face and body structure, and other common ailments like hyperthyroidism, heart disease, hip dysplasia, allergies, and eye problems, the dog is known to be a healthy and hardy canine on the whole.

My final thoughts on the Pocket Pitbull

Contrary to a widely believed notion, the Pitbull lineage is not a dangerous breed.

In fact, this is a breed notorious for going to any lengths, even if it includes fighting to the death, to protect its loved ones.

This quality in itself attests the unwavering faithfulness of the Pocket Pitbull.

The only way you can get this dog to act out in aggression will be if you provoke it r fail to take control while training it.

The Pocket Pitbull follows in the footsteps of its American Pitbull Terrier ancestors in its interactions with children; it, too, adores the company of toddlers and will prove to be the perfect caretaker for them, always looking out for their safety.

In this guide, you read both the good and the slightly less appealing side of the Pocket Pitbull.

Therefore, we hope you now feel enlightened enough to make an informed decision about bringing his loyal and friendly little fellow into your life.

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OVERALL SUMMARY

3.5
Cost to Buy
7.5
Cuteness Level
7
Family Safety
6
Friendliness
5.5
Health Concerns
6.5
Life Span
3
Exercise Required
5
Food Required
OVERALL RATING 5.5 / 10

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