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:

10. 1980s: Return of the cocker spaniel

Sheila Helm walks her English cocker spaniel, Jackson, near Lake Harriet in Minneapolis January 23, 2013.

Cocker spaniels return to the top.

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