For years I have shown and bred horses. Several breeds but the last was American Quarter Horse. In fact I had a two year old mare that placed 8th in the 2yr old western snaffle bit futurity (out of over 350). I know that it takes a while to "break into" a show ring. I myself chose to hire two professional trainers/handlers. They have the expertise and the name.
With Quarter Horses, you either have a performance horse or a halter horse. Very seldom do you have a horse that does both. I just thought that it would be similar to American vs Euro. They each have their specialty?
Seems as though American bred dobes are bred more for a refined show look, and the Euro's I have seen are bred more for size for schutzhund. Not that Euro's and Americans don't cross that line, I'm sure they do.
Either way I think it is a personal preference. I can appreciate the beauty and characteristics of both liniage. In my experience in researching the breed, it seems as though the Euro's are a larger dog.
My one concern as a breeder (of horses) is sometimes breeders try to get certain physical characteristics out of an animal at the expense of what is healthy. For example, breeders started to want the small pretty head when breeding quarter horses. So this was a desirable trait. But suddenly the breed began to get problems with teeth. The heads where too small. So the backyard breeders my be replicating traits that are not desirable for the look of the dog. It is so important to breed good animals.
At any rate, I don't what to insult anyones preference. I have spent the last 6 weeks with my pup and I am head over heels for this breed. I want to go to some shows just to get a feel for it. In fact the annual dobe show is supposed to be in Fitchburg MA this year, right next door to me. I am so thrilled about this! This board has been so informative. You all have so much to offer us newbies. Thanks again for all the replies!