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Since the 1800’s there has been fascination with three wheeled draft vehicles for dogs to power. One of the most unique is this tricycle from France in 1875. The back wheels were like giant hamster wheels with the dogs inside of them. Fortunately this didn’t catch on but similar devices were patented in both France and the USA.

Tricycle from France (circa 1875)

Modern three wheelers are more humane and much more practical. Here is a cargo cart from K-9 Carting:

Cargo cart from K-9 Carting

The advantage of the third wheel is to not have to worry about balance. This makes the freight cart as functional as a wagon while allowing for the large rear wheels which makes the device easier for the dog to pull.

Here is the passenger version from K-9 Carting:

Passenger cart from K-9 Carting

The cart has a steering handle attached to the third wheel allowing for the passenger to steer the vehicle.

An interesting variation of the three wheel cart is the Dog-Powered Recumbent Trike invented by Marc Schuette and sold by The third wheel in this case is at the back and the two front wheels are steerable. The human has the option of helping out with pedal power and the dog or dogs push from behind.

Dog-Powered Recumbent Trike from Dog Powered Scooter

Peter Maniate has been writing columns for the Newf News, the magazine of the Newfoundland Dog Club of Canada, since 1979.  In 1996 he started writing a Newfoundland dog column in the Breedlines section of Dogs in Canada magazine on behalf of the Newfoundland Dog Club of Canada.  When Dogs in Canada ceased publication at the end of 2011 he continued the Breedlines column in the Newf Newfs.

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Newf News

September/October 2013