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Old 02-13-2014, 02:44 PM
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Check out "Dog Carting" on facebook. There are so many different breeds posting their "teams." A team of (4?) Portuguese Water Dogs stands out to me.

From what I've read it's 3-4x their body weight for a general guideline. This would include the cart/wagon/sled.
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Old 02-13-2014, 06:59 PM
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3 to 4 times their body weight isn't a bad expectation, but it depends on the dog, and they have to be built up to it slowly (and yes, you can start when they're a pup, we had Apollo doing light weights at the compitition practices at 6 months, and he litterally has Excellent hips, the key is to avoid STRAINING while they're still growing).
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Who told you goats aren't good cart animals??

but I like the Berner choice
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Well the dogs I've used exceed your mark. Our St Bernard was an incredible puller. He had the perfect personality for it. I had absoutely no worries allowing that dog to pull my children around in a wagon.

Now we have an akbash I'm training to pull. He's young but has shown great possibility in pulling. Doesn't bother him overly much and he's strong as an ox. He's giant though.

Our great pyr is 89lbs if you can believe it. He's very lean and fit. The vet loves him. He's super furry. Exceedingly protective. Basically fits all your qualifications. I've just never used him to pull. He's a great guard dog and I've never desired for him to fulfill any other function.

I did try out our weim as a puller. Far too high strung for it.
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Samoyeds wouldn't hurt a fly (mine anyways won't) Don't usually bark at the door to scare someone off either - they seem to fit the rest of the bill though
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