I'll take a Beagal...or nothing.
Keep in mind that the rankings appear to be based on AKC registrations and do
not necessarily reflect breed popularity among the population of dog owners as a
whole. It would be more accurate (but less wieldy) to headline the article,
“Here’s the most popular dog breed in Utah among people who care
enough about it to own a purebred and register their dog with the AKC.”
The survey omits the great number of dog owners who do not register with the AKC
and obviously ignores mixed breed dogs, the Heinz 57’s and mutts that
populate many homes and are widely adored.