The Mini German Shorthaired Pointer: What You Should Know

Are you hearing about German Shorthair Pointer pocket pointers, and do you think you might like one of them? Regarding this uniquely fan-favorite dog breed, I have both good and bad news for you. You’ve probably already heard the term ‘Pocket Pointer’ or ‘Miniature German Shorthaired Pointer’ if you’re searching for information on German Shorthaired Pointer in general or if you’re thinking about getting one. It is critical to determine if such breeds exist and whether they differ from GSPs.

People generally wonder if these dogs are recognized by the AKC or even if they are similar to traditional German shorthaired pointers. In this article, we’ll go over all the details!

Are Miniature German Shorthaired Pointers A Thing?

That’s all. Despite what you may think, Miniature German Shorthaired Pointers do not exist. Essentially, they are just small GSPs; nothing special or unique about them. Compared to GSPs in general, they have similar genetics and temperaments, and if it were possible to trace their pedigree all the way back to the first-ever GSP, they would all have the same lineage. In my opinion, the only difference between them is their size.

This distinction is important because many people think that a German shorthaired pointer mini is some sort of special breed that is extremely rare. Some breeders may take advantage of people’s ignorance and give them false information, thereby causing them to spend more.

Does the AKC recognize miniature GSPs?

Whenever you hear terms like pocket pointers or miniature GSPs, you’re basically getting a normal GSP, just a little smaller.

The concept of “Pocket Pointers” or “Miniature German Shorthaired Pointers” is simply not an option. The American Kennel Club does not recognize miniature GSPs; only the traditional German Shorthaired Pointer is.

Traditional German Shorthair Pointer Size Stats

Just like humans, there are some GSPs that grow smaller than others due to genetics.

Over time, different GSPs have been bred, creating genetic diversity, but they remain fundamentally GSPs at heart.

Here are the traditional GSP sizes so that you will know what you can reasonably expect with your new GSP puppy. German Shorthaired Pointers are expected to have the following height and weight, according to the AKC:

  • Height: A male is 23-25 inches tall at the shoulder, and a female is 21-23 inches at the shoulder
  • Weight: Weight: 55-70 pounds for males, 45-60 pounds for females
  • Life Expectancy of GSPs: Between 10 and 12 years old

What Makes Miniature German Shorthaired Pointers So Desired?

Many people don’t want a large breed dog for a variety of reasons including wear and tear on furniture, yard size, etc.  

Beyond the most common reasons to want a Miniature GSP, it’s worth noting that a smaller German Shorthaired Pointer is actually a great hunter as well with improved versatility above a traditional sized GSP, due to their small, compact size and fast agility.

How To Get a Miniature German Shorthaired Pointer

You can adopt a Miniature German Shorthaired Pointer from a breeder, a rescue organization or directly from a private individual.

You can find reputable breeders of these dogs online, in your local newspaper, and at dog shows where they often have booths where you can discuss this breed with them. If you decide to purchase a puppy from an established breeder, there will be several things that you will want to consider before making your decision:

  • Is the breeder licensed?
  • Will they provide references?
  • Have the puppies been raised indoors with access to regular veterinary care?

Disadvantages of a Miniature German Shorthair

A few potential disadvantages of purchasing a miniature German shorthair include the fact that they are more expensive than their larger counterparts. They are also harder to find, which can make it difficult to research any special needs or health concerns. A smaller dog will require more training and care, but this is also partially because they lack hunting instinct as well and need a lot of mental stimulation. The final disadvantage has to do with their fragile nature: since these dogs are so small, owners should be careful not to drop them or allow them around large dogs (or children).

Due to the fact that miniature German shorthaired pointers are not recognized by the AKC, you will likely not be able to enter your pup in any official events such as gun dog trials.


That’s it! In fact, Miniature German Shorthaired Pointers are not an official breed. Miniature German Shorthaired Pointers are the same thing as GSPs. The only difference is that the size of an adult GSP is smaller than an adult pointer, but they still have the same temperament and hunting instincts. If you’re interested in this breed, there’s good news: Even if AKC doesn’t recognize your pup, you can still have a great life with your Miniature GSP by getting a pocket pointer.

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