Working pup rockets to world record price overseas

The nine-week-old Pentir Lassie which set a new world record for an unbroken pup at Skiptons latest working sheep dog sale. Photo: Dave Swinburn Photography
The nine-week-old Pentir Lassie which set a new world record for an unbroken pup at Skiptons latest working sheep dog sale. Photo: Dave Swinburn Photography

A nine-week-old untrained puppy has broken a world record, selling for £7,600 or $13,877 AUD at Skipton in England.

Setting the world record price for a pup was Welshman Glynne Jones with his March 12-born Pentir Lassie which smashed the previous record of £6,100 ($11,000) for the 11-week-old untrained black and white Border Collie puppy called Bet in January this year.

Lassie, described as a lively, confident and healthy pup, was from the first litter of pups by Reiver Gray and came from top bloodlines.

Her new owner is Damian Barson, a dog behaviourist and gundog trainer based, who is taking an increasing interest in sheep farming.

Peny-y-Borough Spud (Buddy), the £13,800 top price dog at Skiptons latest working sheep dog sale. Photo: SMH Photography

Peny-y-Borough Spud (Buddy), the £13,800 top price dog at Skiptons latest working sheep dog sale. Photo: SMH Photography

"I have trained dogs all my life and have my own pack, so I wanted to get the best, a dog with both style and character," he said.

"It was all down to colour and breeding. I just had to have the wee pup, though I do think I went a bit wild."

David Evans, of Penclyn Farm, Brecon, had the sale topper at £13,800 with a November, 2017, black and white dog, Pen-y-Borough Spud.

Kevin Evans, of Llwynfedwen Farm, near Brecon, then achieved second top call of £12,800 with his smart 16-month-old black and white dog, Wyverne Brodie.

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