In the battle for the title of best dog breeds, it's the big guys who came out on top this year. Take a look at the pups who nuzzled their way into the American Kennel Club's most popular list for 2012.
Jan. 31, 2013
2. German Shepherd
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Strong and sharp, the German Shepherd — a breed beloved by Adolf Hitler — has stolen the hearts of Americans with its loyal and energetic temperament. Shepherds are easily trainable, which is why this breed has starred in movies and served as police dogs or search-and-rescue pups.
2011 Ranking: 2
Famous Friends: Rin Tin Tin IV (Rin Tin Tin), Buck (Call of the Wild), Charlie Barkin (All Dogs Go to Heaven)