What is the best dog breed? The most popular pooches in US since 1880

The American Kennel Club has been tracking the popularity of purebred dogs for 128 years as the number of recognized breeds grew from nine to 177. Here's of the country's most popular dog breeds by the decade, according to data released by the AKC:

5. 1920s: German shepherd

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A German shepherd puppy named Tsunami attends a news conference at the American Kennel Club in New York, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013.

The German shepherd takes over at No. 1 in 1925. The German shepherd is second most popular dog today. 

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