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Although sled-dogs are well known, dogs have long been used to pull wheeled carts. This was banned in Britain around the beginning of the 20th Century as being cruel, but dogs were still traditionally used to pull milk carts in continental Europe. Dog-carts have been used in Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland, not only for milk, but also for selling bread, vegetables and other produce. Dog-carts were also used in Quebec, Canada around the same period, the wares including newspapers and water dispensed from a large keg.

In order to improve the often sad fate of these dogs, the  'Trekhondenwet 1910' in Holland came into force on September 1th 1911.


Pictured: A 'Trekhondenwet Holland' License 1921, from the city Wierden.

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