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The Ultimate Pocket Pitbull Guide (Interesting Facts, Price & Training)

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Imagine it’s this mid-evening and after a tiresome busy half-day. So, you decide to walk your FIDO to the park for routine socialization training.


As you take your first turn from the park entrance, just near the big fountain, you see a ton of people overcrowding around something small and blackish. From your observation, you could also see them taking selfies and chatting passionately to some tall, slender guy.

But why this one?

Curious as you are, you also approach the scene to get the bottom line.

As you squeeze your way between the crowd, your efforts pay off. And now, you can get the full view of the four-legged beauty you believe is a mini-dog.

But of what breed?

Like the slender guy was waiting for you to wonder, he announces with a sense of pride, "she an adorable Pocket Pitbull." Dazzled by his words, you also take the selfie of this little-known breed of dog. But Fido doesn’t like this, and he is deeply disturbed.

However, what on earth is a Pocket Pitbull?

Ride along with me as I take you through this enthralling journey of discovering, a Pocket Pitbull.

Why The Name Pocket Pitbull?

The name Pocket Pitbull is quite confusing.

Here is why.

Unlike teacup-size breeds like Teacup Yorkie or Teacup Pugs, a Pocket Pitbull can't fit inside a pocket or something similar. In fact, it's relatively large.

The name, therefore, refers to its size compared to a fully-grown pure Pitbull. In this case, it is considerably shorter and body-wise smaller than normal Pitbulls.

Still, it maintains the physical stature of its parent breeds as we will see shortly.

Other Names Given to the Pocket Pitbull

There are other acronyms given to Pocket Pitbull that you may find confusing if substituted for another. In case you see them used in somewhere else, they refer to the same dog or slightly similar as we will see in the coming section. These names include:

  • Pocket Pit
  • Pocket Bully
  • Pitbull Patterdale mix
  • Patterdale
  • American Pitbull Terrier
  • Mini Pitbull
  • Miniature Pitbull

Pocket Pitbull Background Information

Sometimes you may come across the buzzword pure breed. Although the term may be relative depending on who is using it, it refers to a dog that originates from a single pedigree of a pure bloodline. Meaning, no different breeds involved during breeding.

For the Pocket Pitbull, the breed is as the result of breeding a Patterdale Terrier with an American Pitbull Terrier. These two are from a different pedigree from each other. Therefore, the resulting breed is not a pure breed, rather a high breed.

Although the result is this amazing designer dog, no one can say with clarity when the breeding happened. There is neither official documentation of the breeding and breeders nor any kennels that have ever claimed the work.

However, when you trace the origin of the breed, it's for sure it’s Britain. Take for the case of Patterdale Terrier, though it can be found in the United States, it's root points back to Britain. The same origin applies to the American Pitbull Terrier and the rest of Pitbull families.

What is the price of a Pocket Pitbull

When it comes to the value of a Pocket Pitbull, though it is not a pure breed, it's even more valuable than the Pitbulls themselves. It is because it's considered a pure hybrid, a result of breeding two originals breeds.

Furthermore, it's scarce, and it’s held with high status among high profile breeders. Besides, on its own, it attracts a lot of attention and sparks curiosity.

Because of these reasons, breeders often charge hefty prices.

For instance, a Pocket Pitbull puppy will fetch a value not less than $1500. I’ve even heard someone quoting a figure of $75,000 for a two-year-old. Watch the video below for this tidbit.


What is a Pocket Pitbull: Things to know about Pocket Pitbull

Now that you have the basic background info, in this section, I will cover everything(mostly) that you should know about the Pocket Pitbull. The aim is to arm you with the insights that will enable you not only take good care of your Pocket Pitbull but also help you decide whether it's the dog for you or it's worth your investment.

How big is a Pocket Pitbull? The general appearance of the head, size, weight, height, and Coat.

Head features

The Pocket Pitbull head has similar proportions to the parent breed. Except, it has a little bit shorter muzzle but strong jaws. Even more, it has the same smiley face of the American Pitbull Terrier.

The Body Size

When it comes to the size of the Pocket Pitbull, it has more of the parent breed characteristics. Short legs, a heavily built form, and a wide chest that screams strength, agility, and pride.

How much does a Pocket Pitbull weigh?

The overall body mass is around 35 to 60 pounds.

How tall does a Pocket Pitbull Grow?

When standing, its body is packed between the heights of 14 inches to 17 inches for a male, 13 inches to 16 inches for a female. Anything above these bounds is not a Pocket Pitbull.

The skin and coat

On a Pocket Pitbull body, is a single-layered skin covered by a beautiful short and aligned shiny coat that it inherits from its parents. The coat comes with a wide variety of shades such as gray, white, black panther tint, brown, and cream.

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The general appearance of Pocket Pitbull: The head, size, weight, height, and Coat.

Common Care, Grooming and Coat Requirements

Like its ancestors, Pocket Pitbull do not have the problem with frequent shedding. In fact, it doesn't need professional grooming, just regular brushing. Therefore, to maintain its coat, all it needs is a little care to keep the fur tidy.

For it to continue performing in optimal health, it needs a normal pet’s care like washing, nail clipping, and ear cleaning.

In general, you don’t have to worry much about its cleanness because it is a low maintenance dog.

Are Pocket Pitbulls Dangerous? Temperament and Personality

Even though the historical background (original intentions) of the Pitbulls cannot be disputed, a Pocket Pitbull is different from its ancestors.

First, it 's a cross-breed between two breeds that have a clean background when it comes to obedience and loyalty.

Second, it's not dangerous especially when given proper training by the owner.

Let me expound on the last point.

Here is the thing, for the two parent dogs, each has its own unique traits. Take for the case Patterdale Terrier. It was bred for hunting and scoring earth moving animals. As a result, it's a hard worker and self-driven. Thus, it can be stubborn and fierce.

Let me explain why.

On the other hand, the American Pitbull Terrier is more of a guard dog. The big gun that is meant for scaring and charging prey. However, when both parents are given great obedience training, they are docile, harmless, and they make great family dogs.

It's obvious the Pocket Pitbull will inherit the parents' temperaments and behaviors. However, also under close supervision and firm obedient training the dog makes a great family dog with a fair amount of temper only when provoked due to its protective nature. Also bound within its character, is a charismatic behavior and attention seeking. It loves people and cherishes publicity.

This is to say, no. A Pocket Pitbull is not dangerous. But it depends on the type of training it is given.

If you want a loyal, friendly, and playful Pocket Pitbull, sure, give it the best obedient training while still young. Then season the training with frequent socialization classes.

How to Train a Pocket Pitbull

Like it's master who is extremely intelligent breeds, the Pocket Pitbull is also a smart dog. It is bold, independent, and it can be boisterous – a no-nonsense bad boy.

Therefore, when it comes to its training, you'll have to challenge it into bending it to your will.

You will need to introduce a Pocket Pitbull to the obedience and socialization classes early enough if you want to conjure a well-mannered and a friendly companion.

Exercise Frequency And Living Conditions

There is this misconception I would wish to challenge. Because Pocket Pitbull is a relative-small-sized dog, it doesn’t need a larger space or frequent hard training like normal Pitbull breeds. No, it’s a wrong belief.

If you haven’t noticed yet, the parent breeds are quite active dogs. So, someone with a small space house and of reserve nature will find it annoying.

The dog is agile, playful, and independent. Thus, it demands intensive exercises. For this case, evening walking for about one hour will go along well with it. Moreover, if you are a jogging type, why not bring it along as a companion?

For good manners and hedging it against boredom and aggressiveness, frequent socialization is a must.

If you come from states like Minnesota or Alaska where the weather is the opposite of warm, you need its bed near a fireplace for better warmth. But for warmer places like California, make sure to put its bed near the window for rejuvenating morning sunshine.

Let me explain why.

You see, Pocket Pitbull’s fur is short, it has a single-layer skin, and it is small sized. So, its body needs a considerate warmth to keep it active. Meaning, cold environments are not suitable for it unless with great consideration of heat to balance its body temperature.

Feeding and Nutritional Requirements

Since a Pocket Pitbull belongs to the Pits’ family, its nutritional requirements are not that different. Quality commercial food products with meat as key ingratiate is the ideal food for it. But avoid foods with a lot of veggies and corns.

Just like standard Pitbulls, it’s also energetic. Therefore, make sure you feed it with an active formula diet. And don’t forget to give it enough fresh water for dehydration.

Through the stages of growth, it’s better that you feed it with formulated food that suits a specific stage, like best dog food for puppies, adults, and seniors. Also observe health-related diet requirements, like diabetes and weight management.

When it comes to feeding frequency, it’s better you feed it at least three to two times a day. But also, don’t overfeed it and don’t feed it before 30 minutes after training. Failure to observe either case will lead to a fatal health outcome.  

Health Issues Relating To Pocket Pitbulls

Pocket Pitbull is fairly a new breed. So far, no medical research that can be found to cite some health problem relating to it. Furthermore, it’s a hybrid, which gives it a little edge over tolerance of diseases than its parents breed. Like it’s ancestors, it has a high tolerance for pain. So, check its injured conditions especially after a walk or a stray in the bush.

That said and the fact that the Pocket Pitbull is a strong and a healthy dog, the parents’ breeds have known health issues. As a result, there is a high chance that it can also get the same genetic diseases as cited in the following discussion.


Demodicosis is also known as Demodex mange and Demodectic mange. It is the advanced effect caused by mites that cause the dog to lose skin hair. These mites can be transferred from the mother to puppies especially during feeding and normal parent-puppy interactions. Although, there is no advanced effect associated with this problem except for autoimmune reactions, a dog with depleted skin hair (called mange) is not a great picture of a healthy living pet.

To help fight this menace, here are a few suggestions.

  • You start by isolating the dog from the rest
  • Follow by using antiparasitic medications
  • Include treatments that ease itching, inflammation, and secondary skin infections


For all medication prescriptions, make sure you get them from a qualified vet.

Hip Dysplasia 

Hip Dysplasia is a common problem found in the Pitbull family, and it is no different with the Pocket Pitbull. The big challenge in advance stages is causing arthritis and crippling hip joints. To make sure you fight it, make sure you avail your Pitbull to Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA), for testing. By doing so, you will prevent further breeding of the dog with similar health challenges.

Visual Problems   

Visual impairment can become frustrating to a vigorous Pocket Pitbulls. Therefore, it is important you prioritize its checkup with agencies like the Canine Eye Registration Foundation (CERF). And if you are ever in doubt of who to consult, check with your vet for further assistance.


When it comes to allergies, it’s important to consider the seed of the problem. To the Pitbulls in general, the major problem roots from wrong diet selection. So that you don’t become a culprit, disqualify any feeds that have traces of soy, yeast, wheat, and corn.

There is also a tendency of manufacturers adding colors, artificial flavors, and by-products to make feeds look real. Steer away from such dog foods.

Such malpractices should be discouraged because they are dangerous and source of allergies.

In this discussion, I may not have analyzed every issue a Pocket Pitbull may face, but I have prepared a checklist for you of diseases it may get.

Common Diseases Of A Pocket Pitbull

  • Cataracts
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Cerebellar Abiotrophy
  • Luxating Patella
  • Brachycephalic Syndrome
  • Demodicosis/Demodex
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Heat Intolerance
  • Mange/Demodectic Mange
  • Elbow Dysplasia,
  • Cleft Lip/Palette,
  • Congenital Heart Failure,
  • Gassiness
  • Atophy
  • Ichthyosis,
  • Zinc Responsive Dermatosis
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy

Final Thought

We’ve discussed various facts about the Pocket Pitbull. It’s for sure an admirable dog. First, unlike the parent breed, it’s small and consumes less space. Then it has a low maintenance cost. Even better, it’s loyal, friendly, playful, and intelligent.

But you may ask, “is the Pocket Pitbull a good family dog?”

Of cause yes, all it needs is a great leader, space, and an active person.

What about its conduct with small and growing kids?

All you need is great socialization and obedient training. But always ensure that your Pitbull is immunized and is under supervision especially if left with other small animals.

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