Every year, the American Kennel Club ranks the most popular dog breeds, based on registration statistics. Here are the top 20 of 2012, including where they ranked the year and decade prior.
No. 18: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. 2012 ranking,
No. 18: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. 2012 ranking, No. 20; 2003, No. 35. (Credit: AP / Jim Slosiarek)
No. 19: Pomeranian 2011: No. 17 2002: No.
No. 19: Pomeranian
2011: No. 17
2002: No. 12
(Credit: AP)
No. 18: Chihuahua 2011: No. 14 2002: No.
No. 18: Chihuahua
2011: No. 14
2002: No. 9
(Credit: AP)

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No. 17: Great Dane 2011: No. 19 2002:
No. 17: Great Dane
2011: No. 19
2002: No. 28
(Credit: AP)
No. 16: Siberian husky 2011: No. 16 2002:
No. 16: Siberian husky
2011: No. 16
2002: No. 21
(Credit: AP)
No. 15: German Shorthaired Pointer 2011: No. 15
No. 15: German Shorthaired Pointer
2011: No. 15
2002: No. 22
(Credit: AP)
No. 14: French bulldog 2011: No. 18 2002:
No. 14: French bulldog
2011: No. 18
2002: No. 58
(Credit: AP)
No. 13: Miniature Schnauzer 2011: No. 12 2002:
No. 13: Miniature Schnauzer
2011: No. 12
2002: No. 11
(Credit: AP)

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No. 12: Doberman pinscher 2011: No. 13 2002:
No. 12: Doberman pinscher
2011: No. 13
2002: No. 23
(Credit: AP)
No. 11: Shih Tzu 2011: No. 11 2002:
No. 11: Shih Tzu
2011: No. 11
2002: No. 10
(Credit: AP)
No. 10: Dachshund 2011: No. 9 2002: No.
No. 10: Dachshund
2011: No. 9
2002: No. 5
(Credit: AP)
No. 9: Rottweiler 2011: No. 10 2002: No.
No. 9: Rottweiler
2011: No. 10
2002: No. 13
(Credit: AP)
No. 7: Boxer 2011: No. 7 2002: No.
No. 7: Boxer
2011: No. 7
2002: No. 7
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No. 8: Poodle 2011: No. 8 2002: No.
No. 8: Poodle
2011: No. 8
2002: No. 8
(Credit: AP)
No. 6: Yorkshire Terrier 2011: No. 5 2002:
No. 6: Yorkshire Terrier
2011: No. 5
2002: No. 6
(Credit: AP)
No. 5: Bulldog 2011: No. 6 2002: No.
No. 5: Bulldog
2011: No. 6
2002: No. 18
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No. 4: Beagle 2011: No. 3 2002: No.
No. 4: Beagle
2011: No. 3
2002: No. 4
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No. 3: Golden retriever 2011: No. 4 2002:
No. 3: Golden retriever
2011: No. 4
2002: No. 2
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No. 2: German shepherd 2011: No. 2 2002:
No. 2: German shepherd
2011: No. 2
2002: No. 3
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No. 1: Labrador retriever 2011: No. 1 2002
No. 1: Labrador retriever
2011: No. 1
2002 ranking: No. 1
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