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Love dogs? Here are Utah's most popular breeds

Love dogs? Here are Utah's most popular breeds


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If you love dogs, you're in good company. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, more than 48 million Americans own dogs. Additionally, they found the average dog owner has more than one pup.

KSL Classifieds found Utahns are always looking to add a new furry friend to the family. Using data from KSL Classifieds searches in 2022, here are the most popular dog breeds in Utah.

Golden retriever

Apparently, Utahns have big golden retriever energy. The outdoorsy, athletic, and energetic dog is a perfect fit for people with those same qualities. The American Kennel Club (AKC) describes golden retrievers as versatile hunting dogs, search-and-rescue dogs, and guide dogs for the blind. They're devoted, friendly, and extremely gentle family pets.

Utah isn't the only one searching for the lovable dog. The AKC ranked golden retrievers as the third most popular dog in America in their most recent rankings.


You may picture poodles as a preening, fluffy show dog, but beneath their curly (and sometimes elaborately coiffed) coat, poodles have powerful bodies and wickedly smart minds. AKC says they are athletes who can also be excellent family companions, and—bonus! —have a low-allergen coat. Poodles come in either standard, miniature, or toy sizes. Utah's second most popular breed totaled 400,843 total searches this year.

Love dogs? Here are Utah's most popular breeds
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French Bulldog

The playful and affectionate pups have a bright and even disposition. Often called "Frenchies," they have smooth coats, wrinkly faces, and trademark triangle-shaped ears that stay upright.

Since they don't require as much exercise as other breeds, Frenchies are popular among city dwellers across the country, but their adaptability makes them a great pet for anyone. describes them as needing low maintenance, low shedding, and fairly low energy.


Yorkshire Terriers, also known as Yorkies, are a whole lot of love and affection bundled up in a tiny package. A Yorkie can be easily spotted by its diminutive size—no more than eight inches tall at the shoulder—and its long, glossy fur.

Fun fact: the AKC says that the feisty breed "earned their living as ratters in mines and mills long before they became the beribboned lapdogs of Victorian ladies."

Love dogs? Here are Utah's most popular breeds
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Labrador Retriever

America's favorite dog for 31 years running has been the Labrador retriever—but in a state that likes to buck many of the trends, Labradors were Utah's fifth most popular breed. Labs have a dense coat that comes in yellow, black, or chocolate, and they can weigh between 55 and 80 pounds. The famously friendly dog loves to give and receive affection and bonds well with families. That, combined with an easygoing nature and enthusiasm for running, swimming, and fetch, has kept the Lab in America's top spot for so long.


Wiener dogs, sausage dogs, or doxies—whatever you call them, dachshunds were sixth in Utah's 2022 searches. Dachshunds are curious and spunky, with a loud throaty bark. They come in standard or miniature sizes and can have long hair or a short, velvety coat.

Bred to be hunters, dachshunds are fierce for their diminutive size. The AKC reports, "The name 'Dachshund' is German for badger dog. Dachshunds' short legs keep them low to the ground to track scents, and their narrow bodies allow them to crawl into burrows, looking for badgers… Over time, they were bred in different varieties to hunt different kinds of prey."

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The beloved breed of Queen Elizabeth II was Utah's seventh most popular breed of 2022. According to a recent CNN article, the Queen owned four dogs at the time of her death, including two Pembroke Welsh corgis named Sandy and Muick.

There are two types of corgis: Pembroke Welsh and Cardigan Welsh, but the more popular is Pembroke Welsh. These lively dogs measure only 12 inches tall at the shoulder but can weigh 30 pounds, making them strong and stout herding dogs.


This should come as no surprise to Utahns, but doodles were one of the top searches on KSL Classifieds in 2022. While there are endless mixes of poodles and other dog breeds, PedMD shared a few of the top mixes. Of course, goldendoodle is the top choice—a mix of a golden retriever and a poodle. They weigh anywhere from 50-75 pounds.

Also in the top five includes a bernedoodle (bernese mountain dog and poodle), labradoodle (labrador retriever and poodle), cavapoo (cavalier king Charles spaniel and poodle), and the aussiedoodle (Australian shepherd and poodle).

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Utahns still had a lot of love for the petite pups, ranking chihuahuas as the eighth most popular breed of 2022.

Chihuahuas are charming and sassy. The AKC says they were the "purse dogs" of the early aughts, but they are a national symbol in Mexico with a lineage dating back to ancient Aztec kingdoms. If a chihuahua's round head and expressive eyes don't win you over, their loyalty and clever personalities just might.


A Schnauzer is part of the terrier family, bred to be ratters and farm dogs. Their size can range from a portable yet sturdy 11-pound miniature up to a 50-pound standard schnauzer. Bold and bewhiskered, a schnauzer's beard and intelligent eyes gives them a distinctive look. Hillspet describes them as alert watchdogs that bond strongly to a family and enjoy vigorous play and exercise.


Goldendoodles are the latest trendy breed popping up all over social media. They were the only mixed breed (besides the ambiguous "doodles") to make the top 10 in KSL's searches.

Since goldendoodles are a crossbreed—a mix of golden retriever and poodle—they're not recognized by the AKC. Despite this, popularity has exploded! ranked goldendoodles as fifth on their list of 2021's most popular breeds. Goldendoodles are recognizable for their sweet teddy bear look, but their popularity also stems from the fact they possess the athleticism of golden retrievers and poodles while having a low-allergen and low-shedding curly coat.

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