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Carting Breeds

Carting DogsMany breeds, such as the Newfoundland, Greater Swiss and Bernese Mountain Dog were bred as draft dogs, to assist people by pulling carts or wagons. Even today, in many countries, these draft dogs are referred to as "the poor man's horse." and are used to haul milk and other produce from farms to market and to make deliveries around towns.

Modern means of transportation may have largely replaced dog power, but the natural instinct and ability remains in these hardworking, powerful breeds, ready to be awakened with the command to pull.

Like all working breeds, these dogs are happiest when gainfully employed and assisting their master. Once old enough and trained, there are countless useful, fun and competitive carting activities that can be enjoyed.

Large breed puppies such as these do however need very careful management, both in terms of diet and exercise for the at least their first year in order to allow their fast growing bones, ligaments and muscles to properly develop.

Puppies can be introduce the basics, such as wearing a a harness and hitching up, but actually pulling the cart - or indeed any weight - should only be introduced only to mature, physically fit dogs which should ideally be at least 15 months old.

When considering bringing a dog from the Working Group into the family as a family pet, it is important that you consider the size of dogs in this group. They also require adequate exercise, and a job to do. Structured training and socialization from a very young age is critical.