A new world record price of 14,100gns for a working sheep dog was set at Skipton’s Farmers Guardian sponsored sale for a 16-month old dog from Padraig Doherty, Northern Ireland.
The record breaker, Cap, a black and white dog was bred by Mr Doherty, who with his brother Joe runs Ardagh Sheepdogs in County Donegal.
This shatters the previous record of 8,800gns set by John Bell, Howden, in 2013, also at Selby.
There was tremendous interest in Cap, who put in a sparkling display on the trials field at Skipton and he returned to Northern Ireland to an undisclosed buyer.
Cap’s father Sid was also bred in Donegal by James McGee, whose family runs Glencregg Sheepdogs in Ballybofey, while Cap’s mother is the Doherty family’s Sue, whose sire, Dan, is a half-brother to Mr McGee’s 2011 World Sheep Dog Trials supreme champion, Becca.
Twelve months ago at Skipton, the Doherty brothers sold litter mates of Cap, with one of them, a six-month-old black and white bitch, Ann, selling for 1,850gns, the highest-ever price paid for a pup sold at Skipton.
Mr Doherty said there had been tremendous pre-sale interest in Cap, who could be seen in action via YouTube, though he said the eventual selling price was much higher than he had anticipated.
He thought Cap was probably his best-ever dog saying: “He is a special dog with genuine power and has a calming effect on sheep.”