An untrained nine-week-old sheepdog has become the world’s most expensive puppy after selling for £7,600 at an auction.
Lassie smashed the record for an untrained pup at a sale of elite sheepdogs in Skipton, North Yorkshire.
She was born on March 12 in Wales on the farm of Glynne Jones, from Pentir, near Bangor in Gwynedd, who was struck by her unusual lilac colour.
Nine-week-old sheepdog Lassie (pictured above) smashed the record for an untrained pup at a sale of elite sheepdogs in Skipton, North Yorkshire
Breeder Glynne Jones was struck by her unusual lilac colour. Her sale beat the previous world record of £6,100 for an 11-week-old black and white puppy
Lassie pictured fourth from the left with Cet, the rest of the litter and breeder Mr Jones. She was born on March 12 on a farm in Pentir, Wales
Her sale beat the previous world record of £6,100 for an 11-week-old black and white puppy. Damian Barson became the new owner of the record breaking pup.
In February this year, a border collie from Ceredigion become the world’s most expensive sheepdog after selling at an online auction for over £27,000.
Kim, who was aged twelve months when sold, was trained by Dewi Jenkins, 28, from Talybont, near Aberystwyth, Wales.
Damian Barson (pictured above), the new owner of Lassie the record breaking pup, who sold for £7,600 at an auction
The mother of Lassie, pictured above. In February, a border collie from Ceredigion become the world’s most expensive sheepdog after selling at an online auction for over £27,000
River Gray, Lassie’s father, pictured above. An untrained nine-week-old sheepdog has become the world’s most expensive puppy
The average price for a working dog is believed to be around £2,000.
Mr Jenkins said the puppy can perform tasks on her own after a single demonstration.
The puppy, who came to live with Dewi at eight-weeks-old, was also able to gather whole herds of sheep and cattle on her own while out of her owner’s sight.
Dewi said: ‘She works cattle and sheep. There are some sheep dogs doing it but not many, they mostly work sheep. And she is doing all of this at a very young age.’
After being sold at an online auction for £27,100 by Farmers Marts of Dolgellau, Kim headed to a farm in Newcastle to control Texel sheep alongside new owner Eamonn Vaughan.
Dewi said: ‘Kim is holding the two records now. She is brainy and very, very intelligent.
Welsh farmer Dewi Jenkins, 28, who trained Kim, said the puppy can perform tasks on her own after a single demonstration
Kim, who was sold just days before her first birthday, can already control both cattle and sheep, even at her young age
‘When we began training, she was so clever I only had to show her how to do something once and by the second time, she knew what I wanted.
The record for world’s most expensive sheepdog was previously held by Henna, a border collie from Brecon, who sold for £20,000.
Speaking after Kim was sold at the auction, Mr Jenkins told the BBC: ‘She was doing everything – she worked cattle and sheep, she was ready for any trials or farm work for anybody.
‘To top it off, she’s a red colour and they are in fashion at the moment.’
He added: ‘Everything I trained her to do, she knew by the second time. She was a very fast learner.’
Kim the sheepdog (pictured) has become the world’s most expensive trained sheepdog after being sold for £27,100. She is headed to a farm in Newcastle to handle Texel sheep