We have a mix of types. Homemade by me (cheesy, but hey, I made 'em!). Homemade from a few different etsy and hyena sellers...super cute! Kinderkram -- chips very easilly! Holztiger and Ostheimer. (And Buntspechte for a special treat for ME!) The Holztiger are a different style, but they're very sturdy and DS loves them! The Ostheimers are beautiful and sturdy as well. *I* really prefer the Ostheimer people of all of them and the Holztiger animals. (DS doesn't care either way...he just likes having horses!) Oh, and I'm pretty sure that the pink mane DS drew on his Ostheimer knight's horse would have washed right off a Holz horse because of the different finish!! (The knight's horse is the only exception to the Holz animals preference simply because we liked the Ostheimer knight the best.) Our Holztiger animals look brand new, while the Ostheimer ones show some wear and tear--which doesn't bother us any.
It's really personal opinion. And the Holz ones are very high quality and sturdy for little hands. Nothing at all wrong with them!! And there are lots are really talented crafters on etsy! Some of our favorites are etsy-made through craft swaps here on MDC!
After reading this message, we clearly have TOO MANY TOYS. ;) But hey, they all fit in one basket, so maybe it just sounds worse than it is? I hope!