The Mini Pitbull (a.k.a. Pocket Pitbull) is a mixed breed composed of the American Pitbull Terrier and the Patterdale Terrier. This is an excellent alternative for those searching for a dog that has the looks and athleticism of a Pitbull but with a much smaller, less intimidating size.
The Mini Pitbull has many nicknames:
- Pocket Pitbull
- Miniature Pitbull
- Pocket Bully
- Pocket Bully
- Male Height: 14 - 17 inches
- Female Height: 12 - 16 inches
- Weight: 30 - 60 lbs
- Life Span: 11 - 13 years
In comparison: The American Pitbull Terrier can weigh up to 100 lbs and grow up to 21 inches tall whereas the Mini Pitbull weighs only weighs up to 60 lbs and 17 inches in height. This dog will be much easier to handle and nobody will will feel intimidated by them.
Mini Pitbull Temperament
So what can you expect for temperament if you own a Mini Pitbull? With mixed breeds, temperament can be a bit of a wild card. Some Pitbull lineages have unfortunately been bred for dog fighting and should be avoided. In order to avoid this lineages, I highly recommend that you visit the dog's parents and grandparents to get a sense of what their personalities are like. With all dogs, they inherit the personality traits, both good and bad, of their parents and grandparents. It is best practice to answer all these questions while visiting the breeder:
- Are they socialized around other pets and humans?
- Are they aggressive to strangers?
- What are their weights and sizes?
- Do they have any health problems?
If the parents and grandparents are great dogs, then you can be very confident you'll have a good dog too. If your breeder cannot provide this information, then you should find a different breeder.
Mini Pitbulls are a very people-friendly breed. It is a complete misconception that they are naturally aggressive towards humans and other animals. This misconception has been developed by years of abuse by misguided dog owners. With that being said, it is still very important to provide proper dog training and plenty of socialization to ensure your dog never has aggression towards other people.
This breed, like all terriers, has a prey drive that will send them off chasing rabbits, squirrels, and cats. They are good watchdogs and will bark if strangers come into their home. They don't bark excessively though. They tend to be protective of their home and family, and may show some aggression towards other dogs. Plenty of socialization and dog training will ensure that this isn't an issue.
Mini Pitbulls love to please their owners, which makes them easy to train. They are enthusiastic when meeting people and are very playful. They are tough as well and are up for the challenge of playing with children. All these attributes make them an excellent family dog.
Mini Pitbulls Need Lots of Exercise
Mini Pitbulls are very active. They won't do well sitting in an apartment all day. They like to be out and about exploring the world. I am told that some dog owners that live in apartments have their dog run on the treadmill to compensate for a lack of activity. I'd still recommend getting outdoors.
They love to run, run, run! If you're going out for a jog, take your Pocket Pit with you! They'll thank you for it! My personal favorite way to quickly get my dog tired is to have him run around in an open field. Another good way is to have a friend stand at one end of the field, far, far away, and call the dog's name. Once the dog gets to your friend, call him back! Lots of running for your dog without much effort on your part!
Whenever possible, have your dog play with other dogs. This is a great way to have your dog get lots of exercise and get some much needed socialization. Dogs learn how to behave best from interacting with other dogs. Supervised visits are always recommended to ensure the dogs all get along well.
Mini Pitbulls are Smart and Like to be Challenged
Mini Pitbulls are easier to train than many dog breeds. The secret is in the fact that they want to please you! Obeying your commands makes them very happy. They are very smart and you may be surprised how clever they can be.
The important point to remember with dog training is that you should always be training your dog. Training is never complete. Learning new tricks is just as important as keeping older tricks fresh in their mind. Once you have the basic commands under control, don't be afraid to try for those next level tricks like retrieving their toys by name or balancing treats on their nose!
You can also have your dog complete puzzles. For example, try placing a few upside-down cups on the ground and putting a treat underneath one of them. Scramble the cups and have your dog find the treat!
Physical Traits and Common Health Problems
The Mini Pitbull has a beautiful short smooth coat that is easy to take care of. They don't shed very much and can have their shedding controlled with a regular brushing. The nice part about short hair is that they tend to stay clean for longer!
Like most mixed breed dogs, Mini Pitbulls are much less prone to developing hereditary issues like their purebred counterparts. They are a resilient and healthy breed. Health problems typically arise from their wide body structure and small faces.
I hope this guide helped give you all the information you need to decide if the Mini Pitbull (a.k.a. Pocket Pitbull) is a great choice for you home! They are adorable, funny dogs, easy to train, and a great addition to any family!