The Pocket Pitbull is assumed to be the smallest Pitbull breed because it has the word pocket in its name; this is incorrect, the smallest Pitbull breed is the Staffordshire Bull Terrier. The Pocket Pitbull or Pocket Bully is a miniature version of the American Pitbull Terrier. If you have wanted to know more about this dog breed, you are in for a ride.
The Pocket Pitbull was produced when a small Patterdale Terrier was crossbred with either an American Staffordshire Terrier or an American Pitbull Terrier. Pocket Pitbulls are not as small as you would think; they will not fit into your pocket. Pocket Pitbulls make great family dogs.
There are various myths about the Pocket Pitbull, and if you hope to own one, you need to know the truth about them. We will debunk all the myths about the Pocket Pitbull in this blog post.
The Pocket Pitbull is termed a Hybrid dog because it can be produced by crossbreeding three dog breeds, the small Patterdale Terrier and an American Pitbull Terrier, or an American Staffordshire Terrier. However, some breeders also crossbreed other breeds like French Bulldogs and Boston Terriers with American Pitbull Terrier.
There was no clue when Pocket Pitbulls were first produced; breeders started breeding them purposefully about 20 years ago. There is no established history about Pocket Pitbulls, only the parent breeds. So, to know the characteristics of this breed, we will look at the parent breeds.
What Breed Makes the Pocket Pitbull?
Since we do not have any knowledge about the history of Pocket Pitbulls, all we can do to know something about this breed is to look at the history and characteristics of the parent breeds; the small Patterdale Terrier, the American Pitbull Terrier, and the American Staffordshire Terrier.
American Pitbull Terrier
The American Pitbull Terrier is an intelligent, medium-sized, short-haired dog whose ancestors were said to have come from the British Isles. The American Kennel Club does not recognize the American Pitbull Terrier, but it is recognized by the American Dog Breeders Association and the United Kennel Club.
Male American Pitbull Terriers are about 18 to 21 inches in height, while females are between 17 to 20 inches. Male American Pitbull Terriers weigh between 35 to 60 pounds, while females weigh 30 to 50 pounds. American Pitbull Terriers were originally bred to hunt bulls, but they evolved into farm dogs.
The American Dog Breeders Association describes American Pitbull Terriers as medium-sized dogs with smooth muscle structure, a short coat, almond-shaped eyes, and small to medium ears. They have smooth, glossy, short, and stiff coats. American Pitbull Terriers are descended from Old English Bulldogs and Old English Terriers.
Crossbreeding these two dogs produced a dog that had the athletic nature and strength of the bulldog and the gameness of the terrier. This new breed was known as bull and terrier; they were first brought into the U.S. in the late 19th century and are the direct ancestors of the American Pitbull Terrier.
American Pitbull Terriers have an average life expectancy of 12 to 14 years; they can fit into any role, working dogs, companion dogs, police dogs, sport dogs, and therapy dogs. American Pitbull Terriers are used for illegal purposes, including dogfighting, attack dogs, and guard illegal operations.
Patterdale Terriers are one of the least popular terrier breeds; they are also known as Black Fell Terrier, an English dog that descended from the Northern Terrier breeds in the early 18th century. The Patterdale Terrier is recognized by the American Dog Breeders Association and the United Kennel Club, but not the United Kingdom Kennel Club.
These Terrier breeds were originally bred for their hunting capabilities, not their aesthetic appearance. They were bred to hunt vermin and foxes; they were trained to hunt in packs; the pack would hold the prey until the hunter arrived; occasionally, they would kill it, especially if it tried to escape.
There are claims that the Patterdale Terrier was first produced by Joe Bowman, a breeder in Ullswater, in England, during the early 20th century. They were produced to protect livestock from predators. Different terrier breeds were used, including the Lakeland Terrier and the Border Terrier.
Patterdale Terriers are around 12 to 15 inches in height, and they weigh about 11 to 13 pounds, although larger breeds can weigh 30 pounds. They come in different colors, including red, black, blue, liver, brindle, as well as black and tan. Patterdale Terriers are fun to be with, rambunctious, and full of life.
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American Staffordshire Terrier
American Staffordshire Terriers are also known as American Staffy or Am Staff; they are short-coated, medium-sized American dogs. American Staffordshire Terriers are different and should not be confused with the Staffordshire Bull Terrier from the United Kingdom.
AKC recognizes American Staffordshire Terriers, and it describes this breed as smart, confident, and well-behaved dogs. The American Staffordshire Terrier and the American Pitbull Terrier have the same bull and terrier ancestor.
Different varieties of bull and terrier made their way into the United States from the British Isles in the 1850s. Slowly, they evolved into becoming the American dog breed, and the United Kennel Club officially recognized the new breed in 1898. Following World War II, American Staffordshire Terriers began to decline in the U.S.
Male American Staffordshire Terriers weigh about 55 to 70 pounds with a height of about 18 to 19 inches. Female American Staffordshire Terriers are about 17 to 18 inches in height and weigh 40 to 55 pounds. American Staffordshire Terriers have a life expectancy of 12 to 16 years.
How Big Is The Pocket Pitbull?
It is not easy to specify the height and weight Pocket Pitbulls can reach because they are hybrid dogs. Their weight and height depend on the height and weight of the parent breeds. The average height of Pocket Pitbulls is between 14 to 17 inches for both males and females. They have a life expectancy of 11 to 13 years.
Male Pocket Pitbulls can weigh about 30 to 50 pounds, while females weigh between 25 to 45 pounds. They are one of the few small-sized, muscular dogs. Pocket Pitbulls are stronger than most miniature dog breeds due to their solid rear, bulky neck, broad chest, and large head.
How Much Does A Pocket Pitbull Cost?
Pocket Pitbulls are designer dogs, so they can be expensive; they are rare and difficult to find despite being popular dogs. The cost of a Pocket Pitbull puppy is between $1500 to $3000. It is important to find out the history of the parents of the Pocket Pitbull puppy you want to buy.
This is important because some breeders use other terrier and bulldog breeds, like Boston Terriers and French Bulldogs, instead of a Patterdale Terrier. These other breeds are prone to health issues that a Pocket Pitbull will not experience at all. Adopting is a good choice; however, getting a genuine Pocket Pitbull is difficult.
Is The Pocket Pitbull The Smallest Pitbull Breed?
A lot of people assume Pocket Pitbulls are the smallest Pitbull breeds because other dog breeds with pocket in the name are the smallest. Pocket Pitbulls are medium-sized in comparison with other smaller dogs. The smallest Pitbull breed is the Staffordshire Bull Terrier from the United Kingdom.
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Pocket Pitbulls are great dogs for people looking for strong, muscular, and fierce small-sized dogs. Pocket Pitbulls are not as aggressive as other Pitbull breeds, but they have the same tenacious characteristics. The only downside of owning a Pocket Pitbull is that they are more expensive than pure Pitbull breeds.
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Shawn Manaher is a serial entrepreneur but when he isn’t working, he loves dogs. He’s owned different pets over the years, and always gives a part of his heart to each pet.