|Barked: Thu May 9, '13 1:47pm PST |
|I have a friend with a sulky and it is a lot of fun and great conditioning for her dogs. She let me take it out once for a ride - very smooth and it has a brake in case your dogs get into trouble. I have only ever seen people use sulkies with 2 or more dogs but I'm sure you could use just one dog. As far as I know, they only come in one size and are made for a larger dog (my friend has Belgians and a cattle dog. I dont know how much they could pull but the cart is made for one person and her dogs can easily pull for miles.
There is also,the dorsal hitch cart. It is like a cart but with a dorsal hitch like the sulky. At the last draft test I wasa t, there was a lady there using this cart for her Portie. She told me that the dorsal hitch takes about 10 pounds of weight off of the dog. In the DD test, the dog must pull 40 pounds and I don't think her dog weighed much more that that herself and she had no problem pulling that weight in the test.
There is also a regular hitch cart that has a passenger seat instead of a cart. So it has shafts like a regular cart but a seat like a sulky. They are not practical for anything but parades as they do not carry a load well.
As for what I dog can pull, a well conditioned, properly built dog should easily be able to pull 3 times his weight. I have never maxed Bosley out on weight but he can easily pull his own body weight up and down hills and over rough terrain. I imagine he would have no problem pulling 300 pounds on a flat, even surface if he was conditioned to it.
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