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.

Inspection for draft dogs, 1933.
Inspection for draft dogs, 1933.

Inspection at the municipal cleaning on the Landingstraat, Vlissingen, Holland.

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Dutch dog cart early 1900.
Dutch dog cart early 1900.
Durk Jan Jaarsma.
Durk Jan Jaarsma.

Durk Jan togeteher with his sister Ietje Jaarsma.

Greengrocer Levie Pais.
Greengrocer Levie Pais.

Pictute taken at the Vijver te Harlingen. Behind the car his manservant.

Group portrait of a number of people at a dog cart of the bread merchant in Blija, circa 1917.

Dutch Dog cart, Maastricht ca. 1932.
Dutch Dog cart, Maastricht ca. 1932.
Grocer with Dog cart.
Grocer with Dog cart.
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Melkventer_T._Jansen_met_zijn_hondenkar_aan_de_Brêgebuorren_in_Dronrijp,_eerste_helft_20e_eeuw.
Wobke Bijlsma. circa 1935.
Wobke Bijlsma. circa 1935.

Deliver the bread with the dog cart in Cornjum.

Transport of household items.
Transport of household items.

On the cart dealer H. at the Leij from Stiens.

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Dog cart, 1914 - 1918.
Dog cart, 1914 - 1918.
Jacob Brouwer.
Jacob Brouwer.

A resident of Ameland, on a dog cart. Image probably dates from 1925.

Man with Newfoundland, Hudson, Massachusetts, circa 1870.
Man with Newfoundland, Hudson, Massachusetts, circa 1870.
Boy with Dog cart.
Boy with Dog cart.

Antwerp, 1898. Illustration from a book of photographs taken in Holland and Belgium by James Batkin, (1898).

Dog cart.
Dog cart.
Milkman with Dog cart, cirac 1900.
Milkman with Dog cart, cirac 1900.
Dutch Dog cart early 1900s.
Dutch Dog cart early 1900s.
Dog cart with petroleum.
Dog cart with petroleum.
Dog with grinder.
Dog with grinder.
Dogcart.
Dogcart.

The countries of Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg were in earlier years one country. In 1830 Belgium separated and became the independent country Belgium. In the book W/E/Mason "Dogs of all Nations" (1915) these 'Draught Dogs' are called the Netherlands breeds. It is possible that this breed also had the name - the Belgian Mastiff (Matin Belge).

Dogcart with milkcans.
Dogcart with milkcans.
Dogcart for household purposes.
Dogcart for household purposes.
Dogcart with beer in kegs.
Dogcart with beer in kegs.
Dogcart going to the market.
Dogcart going to the market.
Painting by Henriette Ronner-Knip.
Painting by Henriette Ronner-Knip.
Dogcart for household purposes.
Dogcart for household purposes.
Dogcart with milkcans.
Dogcart with milkcans.
Dogcart with milkcans.
Dogcart with milkcans.
Painting by Henriette Ronner-Knip.
Painting by Henriette Ronner-Knip.
Dogcart with milkcans.
Dogcart with milkcans.
Dogcart with milkcans
Dogcart with milkcans
Dogcart.
Dogcart.

Volemdam, Holland.

Postalcart drawn by dogs ca. 1900.
Postalcart drawn by dogs ca. 1900.

With an advertisement of the French compagny of coffe 'Au Planteur de Caiffa'.

Dogcart with haberdashery 1904.
Dogcart with haberdashery 1904.

Swiss mountain dog

Dogcart with milkcans.
Dogcart with milkcans.
Dogcart with farmer.
Dogcart with farmer.
Dogcart for selling bread.
Dogcart for selling bread.
Dogcart with milkcans.
Dogcart with milkcans.
Dogcart with farmerswife.
Dogcart with farmerswife.
Dogcart for agricultural use.
Dogcart for agricultural use.
Dogcart, farmerswife selling milk.
Dogcart, farmerswife selling milk.

Belgium 1906. Postcard.

Dogcart, farmerswife selling milk.
Dogcart, farmerswife selling milk.

Belgium,Vlaanderen 1915. Postcard.

A milkwoman with Dog cart.
A milkwoman with Dog cart.

Together with a government inspector, Belgium 1890.

Dogcart.
Dogcart.
Dogcart with milkcans.
Dogcart with milkcans.

Holland, Roosendaal 1905.

Dogcart.
Dogcart.

Brussel.

Dogcart for bakers with handles.
Dogcart for bakers with handles.

Belgium

Dogcart with milkcans.
Dogcart with milkcans.

Belgium.

Portret of Jakle S. Visser.
Portret of Jakle S. Visser.

Galamadammen, Holland.

Dogcart.
Dogcart.

Holland 1904.

Dogcart.
Dogcart.
Dog used for carting.
Dog used for carting.

Brussel, Belgium. Vintage photo

Cartdog, Mastiff.
Cartdog, Mastiff.

Belgium.

A Dogcart.
A Dogcart.

Holland, c.1890. Painted by Ferdinand Lintzs a Dutch painter.(March 2th 1883 - Januari 31th 1909).

Dogcart.
Dogcart.

Holland, langerak.

Dogcarts.
Dogcarts.
Draught dog pulling a considerable load
Draught dog pulling a considerable load

Belgium, Antwerpen, 1902.

Dogcart.
Dogcart.

A dog pulls a cart with a child during the San Antón parade. Madrid, 1955. Photo Campúa.

Dogcart with child.
Dogcart with child.
Dogcart for transportation.
Dogcart for transportation.

Tame animals of Mr Wingfield Ampthill, a child before a harnessed dog

Dogcart.
Dogcart.

From the wealthiest to the humblest families, the Pit Bull was a guaranteed presence in homes with children.

Mail Dog.
Mail Dog.

Powassan and Trout Creek, Ontario, Canada, 1940's.

Mail Dog.
Mail Dog.

Powassan and Trout Creek, Ontario, Canada, 1940's.

Dogcart.
Dogcart.

German Sheperds.

Dogcart for transportation.
Dogcart for transportation.
Dogcart with a kag of beer.
Dogcart with a kag of beer.
Dogcart pulled by Mastiffs.
Dogcart pulled by Mastiffs.

Belgium.

Eel merchant's cart.
Eel merchant's cart.

Zaandam, Netherlands 1913. Cart pulled by two Greyhound types.

Dogcart.
Dogcart.
Dogcart.
Dogcart.
Dogcart.
Dogcart.
Draught dog pulling a considerable load,
Draught dog pulling a considerable load,

1901.

Dogcart for transportation.
Dogcart for transportation.
Dogcart for transportation.
Dogcart for transportation.
Dogcart, a milkman selling his milk.
Dogcart, a milkman selling his milk.
Dogcart.
Dogcart.
Dogcart, for selling milk.
Dogcart, for selling milk.
Dogcart.
Dogcart.
Dogcart.
Dogcart.
Presa Canario the year 1800 Madrid !!!
Presa Canario the year 1800 Madrid !!!
Dogcart.
Dogcart.
Dogcart.
Dogcart.
Dogcart.
Dogcart.
Dogcart.
Dogcart.
Dogcart.
Dogcart.
Dogcart.
Dogcart.
Dogcart.
Dogcart.
Dogcart.
Dogcart.
Dogcart.
Dogcart.
Dogcart.
Dogcart.
Dogcart for selling milk.
Dogcart for selling milk.

The man on the picture is Willem Langra a milkman. Holland, Langerak.

DogCart.
DogCart.
Presa Canario the year 1800 Madrid !!!
Presa Canario the year 1800 Madrid !!!
Dogcart as transportation.
Dogcart as transportation.
Sled pulled by dogs.
Sled pulled by dogs.

Great Dane Dogs Pulling a Covered Wagon, Circa 1923.

Restored Vintage Photograph of Great Dane Dogs Pulling a Covered Wagon, Circa 1923.