Although there are some other dog breeds that have been bred to teacup size, Pocket Pitbulls are not one them.
In the case of the Pocket Pitbull, all the name means is that this breed is a smaller version of the parent breeds.
They also have a very similar appearance and temperament as found in the American Pitbull.
Other Names of Pocket Pitbull
- Pocket Pit
- Pitbull Patterdale mix
- Miniature Pitbull
- Mini Pitbull
- Pocket Bully
- American Pitbull Terrier
Pocket Pitbull History
The Pocket Pitbull is not a purebred dog, but rather, a result of crossbreeding the American Pitbull Terrier and the Patterdale Terrier.
Although the name Pocket Pitbull has not been heard until recently, it is difficult to know exactly when the breed orginated.
Because crossbreeding dogs is a practice that has been occurring for many thousands of years, it is possible that crossings of American Pitbull Terriers and Patterdale Terriers occurred in the past. There are no documents that name a specific breeder, or any kennel that is credited with the development of the Pocket Pitbull breed.
Despite the fact that Pocket Pitbulls are not purebred dogs, breeders will still charge outrageous prices because they are considered designer dogs.
Breeders will try to justify these high prices, by saying that the parents of Pocket Pitbulls are purebreds, therefore, their offspring is of high quality, regardless of the fact that they inherited two bloodlines.
Compared to other designer dogs, this breed is also more difficult to find, therefore, the high price tag is even more justifiable in the eyes of a breeder.
Appearance and Characteristics of Pocket Pitbulls
Size – The Pocket Pitbull is an intelligent and active breed that maintains a small, but stocky stature.
Height – These dogs tend to stand between twelve and sixteen inches tall. Any pup that grows beyond a maximum of sixteen inches, is no longer considered a Pocket Pitbull.
Weight – The Pocket Pitbull weighs between thirty to sixty pounds.
Coat – Their handsome and shiny coats come in a variety of shades, the most common are black, brown, cream, gray, and white.
Face – Similar to the facial features of the American Pitbull breed, Pocket Pitbulls also have a short broad face and a wide-set jaw.
Life Expectancy – The average lifespan of the Pocket Pitbull is between eleven and thirteen years.
Pocket Pitbull Temperament and Personality
Because they have been cross-bred, it is difficult to determine the temperament of a Pocket Pitbull, based on the breed. The characteristics of one of the parents could play a more dominant role in their temperament, or they could have a mix of the two.
Most of the time, these dogs have a friendly and playful disposition. They make wonderful family pets and love being around small children, but should not be left unsupervised around other animals.
Although, they are very loving and loyal to their families, they can also be fierce protectors of those they cherish and their territory. This makes them excellent watchdogs, if they are properly trained from the time they are puppies.
Pocket Pitbull Training
Comparable to their ancestors, all dogs are pack animals and require a leader. You need to be gentle, but firm during training.
Because the Pocket Pitbull has a tendency toward being confident and independent, it is advisable to start training your dog when they are still a puppy. The older they are, the more difficult they are to train.
Training will also help to keep this dog’s energy and activity level under control, and prevents them from developing problem behaviours related to boredom, or inadequate training.
Activity and Exercise of Pocket Pitbulls
Pit bulls are high energy dogs that require plenty of exercise. At the very least they need to be taken for a long walk once a day.
They should also engage in more rigirous activities throughout the day, such as swimming, or playing a game of fetch.
Enrolling them in agility classes would also be beneficial for their overall health.
Behaviour of Pocket Pitbull
Before adopting a Pocket Pitbull, it is advisable to ask yourself whether, or not, you will have the time and capabilities that allow them to get a decent amount of mental stimulation and daily activity.
If you do not think this is manageable then it is better to adopt a different breed of dog, otherwise you could have some serious problems.
Living Conditions of Pocket Pitbulls
Because of their exercise requirements, as well as, their natural tendency to be protective of their family and property, living in an apartment complex is not an ideal habitat for these dogs.
A house with a fenced in backyard would be a much more adequate arrangement. Your dog would possess a happier disposition, if they can play, frolic, and relieve themselves at their leisure.
If you must keep dogs in an apartment, then it is vital that they get plenty of outdoor exercise. When they are indoors, they should have access to durable toys to relieve boredom. These dogs love warm weather, therefore, a dog bed placed near a sunny window would be ideal place for a nap.
Care and Grooming of a Pocket Pitbull
The Pocket Pitbull has a very short, smooth and thick coat that is easy to maintain. As with any breed, there is always some shedding, but with regular brushing it is very easy to control. An added benefit is that they do not need to be bathed as much as many other breeds.
Feeding of a Pocket Pitbull
Pocket Pitbulls are small breed dogs. therefore, it is ideal to feed them a commercial dog food diet and this food is mainly for smaller dogs.
There are dog food brands that are formulated for all life stages, and others which are geared towards puppies, adults and seniors. There are also breed specific recipes and weight management diets. If your Pocket Pitbull is active, he may benefit from an active breed formula.
Also, make sure your dog has access to fresh water at all times.
Possible Health Issues of Pocket Pitbulls
The Pocket Pitbull is a hybrid breed and, as such, they are less prone to developing hereditary conditions than either of their parent breeds.
For the most part, Pocket Pitbulls are a strong and healthy breed, but similar to all dog breeds they are still prone to genetic health problems.
Some health problems may include:
Hypothyroidism, also called underactive thyroid, or low thyroid, is a disorder of the endocrine system in which the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone. Although hypothyroidism is common in larger breed dogs, it rarely affects Pocket Pitbulls.
Some of the symptoms are:
- Exercise intolerance
- Weight gain
- Dull skin and coat
- Fertility problems
Cardiovascular disease is especially common in Pocket Pitbulls. Types of heart diseases are valvular, heartworm or myocardial.
- Difficulty in walking, or or exercising
- Weight loss
- Loss of appetite
- Breathing difficulties
- Trouble sleeping
Developmental abnormalities that lead to malformation and degeneration of the hip joint.
Developmental abnormalities that lead to malformation and degeneration of the elbow joint.
It is important to realize that Pocket Pitbulls can be prone to developing food allergies. You should select a food that is free from common allergens that are found in corn, wheat, soy and yeast. You should also be careful about foods that contain artificial flavours, colourings and by-products.
Potential Eye Problems
- Cherry Eye
- Corneal Wounds
- Dry Eye
- Conjunctivitis, or Pinkeye
Is a Pocket Pitbull a good family dog?
Pocket Pitbulls can make excellent family pets with proper training and socialization.
They can be affectionate, friendly and protective of those they love.
Important Things You Should Know About Pocket Pitbulls
- Loyal and protective of their family. Wonderful around small children.
- Highly active and in need of frequent exercise and mental stimulation.
- Can be aggressive around other dogs, if not properly trained. Also, they should not be in contact with smaller animals, especially if unsupervised.
Because they are highly intelligent and full of energy, early socialization and training is a must for your Pocket, or Mini Pitbull.
Socializing them from the time they are puppies, will help to ensure that your Pocket Pitbull does not become aggressive towards strangers and other dogs.
Proper training and exercise will also help to prevent boredom, which can lead to destructive behaviours.
To minimize the chances of a Pocket Pitbull having serious health problems, or an overly aggressive temperament, make sure that you adopt from a reputable breeder, or kennel.
Although you cannot fit them into your pocket and carry them around with you, they do make a wonderful alternative for someone who wants a dog with the temperament and appearance of a regular sized Pitbull, but in a smaller package.