Join Date: May 2011
Location: Northern California
I have to say, even though it's not technically correct, I like big blocky heads! As long as it's not too heavy or mastiff-like, and I don't see hanging flews, I like the look. Even on females.
Back in the 80s and 90s, there was a trend in American show line GSDs toward narrower heads and muzzles. Some of them were almost collie-like. Some found these heads refined and elegant, but I DETEST that look in a GSD. To me, it just doesn't look right, and more often than not there seemed to be a flighty, nervous temperament that went along with that narrow head.
Thankfully, that style seems to have come and gone, although I still see some backyard-bred GSDs with narrower heads. Especially on males neutered young.
Temple Grandin and others have talked about certain body types going hand-in-hand with certain temperaments. They say that stocky, big boned animals tend to be calmer while thinner, finely-boned animals tend to be more nervous. I am not entirely convinced this is true, as I have known very calm Greyhounds and totally neurotic Mastiffs. But as previously mentioned, I did notice a correlation between the narrow-heads and nervous temperament in the ASLs... don't know whether there is a causal relationship, though.