I can't comment on GSD, but there's no truth to the idea dobermans are smaller than they were 10 years ago.
The original dobermans were nowhere NEAR the size of a rottie.
Well I'm not here to fight, but I graduated in 1988. My best friend ALWAYS had dobes for pets & I can't tell you how tall they were, but I can tell every one of them was closer to 100 pounds then they were to 80 & it wasn't from being fat & over weight. These were worked, muscular dogs that could run all day.
I'll also say your ideas on the Rottweiler are from todays current breed, which again shows dog standards change. There are books most pest stores carry called The Popular Dog series. I own the Doberman Pinschers one. In it, it states
"Interestlingly, during the late 1800's, the Doberman is noted to have looked very similar to the Rottweiler, also known as the Butcher's Dog. Van der Zwan reveals in his book - In The Begining...A History Of The Doberman, that the resemblance was so close between the Rottweiler & Doberman that Otto Settegast, a judge & great proponent of the Doberman, wrote that the Doberman 'was so similar to the Rottweiler that you could not tell if it was a bad Rottweiler or a good Dobermann apart from the cropped ears.' It then says, "keep in mind that the Rottweilers of the late 1800's looked very different from the Rottweiler of today, being much leggier & lighter in body."
So yes, I do read & have discovered alot about the dogs I want to own. I am also not looking for a GIANT BREED of dog like was also suggested. I am just looking for the best pet possible when the time comes. I don't want a show dog, so if it meets show standards means nothing to me. Max is about 5, so he has plenty of years left before I go looking to buy another dog.
I just asked if anyone ever heard about Brittany Madison & her dogs. & it sounds as if only 1 of you have even heard of her.
Here is the e-mail she sent me.
Be careful what you take for truth from what you read. The Europeans are dumping their junk on the clueless Americans. Oh but for the novelty of the import.
Yes, all of our Dobies leave here cropped and standing.
Our website is www.brittanysanimalkingdom.com
Attached is more info on our dogs.
Then here are the attachments that also say some of what they do as breeders. All pictures are clickable & enlarge so you can read them.
The website also says they have a 2 years "warrantee" or whatever you want to call it, on the dogs hips, so baisically if you get a dog from them & it developes bad hips in the 1st 2 years you own him, you can get a new dog. That to me is odd. I guess I don't look at a dog & car as the same thing. I guess it's good they stand behind their dogs to an extent, but unless I found out a breeder had a history of producing dogs with health issues, I don't know if I'd ever try to collect on something like that.
I bought Max 1 day before he was supposed to be put down at the Humane Society. He was there twice & I don't know why because he's an awsome dog. The reason no one was taking him this time is because he had a bad right front leg. Somehwere along his life he had a major break in it. Either it wasn't taken care of, or it got messed up in the healing. We got him & within a year of owning him, had a surgery done to take the bowing out of it. They cut it & screwed a steal plate to it to straighten it. His foot still isn't perfect, as it points to the right, but he is 100 times better & never shows that it bothers him. He has a slight limp, but that is due to both legs not being exactly the same length. Anyway, off topic.
So, with all the above, I found out alot of what I wanted to know. If we're all still here in 5 to 10 years, I'll keep you posted on who I get puppies from.