I understood the video had German-bred dogs, that was what I found so surprising. I'm used to seeing a fair number of AKC GSDs around and know their (awful) look. Comparatively, Abby is a functional, sound, breath of fresh air.
I think the finer point I was missing is the German show- vs. working bred distinction. For some reason I thought you couldn't breed just for show in Germany and all breeding stock needed to show proficiency of some sort in Schutzhund.
Yes, you are right re: the Sch requirement. I added an ETA to my prior post that addresses that. I think requiring a working test is better, but I think the conformation bit still influences breeding decisions, sometimes to the detriment of the breed. If I were to get another German Shepherd, I would still go with German lines because my experience is that they have sounder temperaments. I would just make sure I saw the parents first. There are German show dogs that are more reasonable, for instance the dog I mentioned, Jim. I really liked him.