I think I have an idea which breeder this person went with. If I'm right, this is how they describe their dogs and breeding program online:
Quote:We breed for the classic old-style German Shepherd: big bones, massive heads, and flat, level backs. All our dogs have excellent temperaments suited for families with young children, and we never breed for bite work, prey drive, or Schutzhund competition.
The reason I have that quote handy is that I blogged about this idiocy a while back. Their idea of the "classic German Shepherd" has absolutely nothing to do with the idea Max von Stephanitz, the founder of the breed, had for his dogs. Here's what Stephanitz says on the matter of size -
Quote:Giants are never nimble. The ligaments soon give under the weight of the bones in times of hard work, especially in the forelegs on which they fall heavily at every step. Such dogs then use themselves up quickly when they are eager and full of ardor. They are, however, generally lazy and easy-going, and for that very reason are already unfit for service.
The breed type allows about 24" average height for dogs and bitches, with about 2" allowance either way. These dimensions are to be aimed at for all medium-sized service breeds as correct, whether the dogs are used for the flocks or for any other service. The service dog, like a good cavalry charger, must be indefatigable, enduring, and capable of maintaining a persevering, even quiet, but also a rapid gait, that is to say a trot, and also a gallop. Further, he must be mobile, capable of turning easily, and skillful in overcoming obstacles, whether by jumping or climbing. For this it is necessary to possess a specific size combined with strength.
(The German Shepherd Dog in Word and Picture, page 500.)
Doesn't get any clearer than that, does it? If you're not breeding to what the breed's founder envisioned for the breed, then you are not breeding "classic, old style" German Shepherds. You're breeding what YOUR opinion of the Shepherd is.
As for the "classic, large" Shepherd, here's one from the history books, a male born in 1925. Doesn't look huge and oversized to me.
Actually, looking at photos of GSDs both in Europe and in the US from prior to 1950, this supposed "large, old-style" Shepherd seems to be completely absent from them. I'm seeing a lot of small, thin, working-type dogs in those pictures. Maybe I'm looking at the wrong dogs? Is there some secret photo album of "real, old-fashioned, large, oversized" German Shepherds these breeders have that nobody else is allowed to see?