A puppy has become the world’s most expensive sheepdog after selling at auction for more than £27,000.
Kim, a border collie from Ceredigion, Wales, was sold at an online auction to Eamonn Vaughan, from Newcastle, just days before her first birthday.
The eyewatering fee beats the previous record set by border collie Henna, from Brecon, Wales, which sold for £20,000.
Welsh farmer Dewi Jenkins, 28, who trained Kim, said the talented pup is able to perform tasks solo after a single demonstration.
And she can already gather entire herds of sheep and cattle single handedly while out of her owner’s sight at his family farm in Talybont.
She is now going on to control Texel sheep with her new owner at a farm in Newcastle.
The sale also beats Dewi’s personal record for border collie Tyngraig Jet which sold for £12,000 in July.
Dewi said: “Kim is holding the two records now. She is brainy and very, very intelligent.
“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.
“For any farmer anywhere, she would do the job for them. It’s incredible.
“To top it off, she is the right colour too. Red is very fashionable at the moment.
“It still has not sunk in properly. It is a good feeling but I am just happy that Kim has found an excellent, loving home.”
Dewi grew up working with sheepdogs to manage sheep at cattle at Tynygraig Farm, a family owned business in Talybont, near Aberystwyth.
He is now passionate about training sheepdog in his spare time.
The Welsh speaker trains his dogs in English which means they can be sold to farmers worldwide including the UK, France, Belgium, Norway, and even the USA.
He said: “It is a passion of mine and I enjoy it. When you see a dog getting better every day, you are looking forward to the next time to take it to the next level.”
Kim came to live with Dewi at eight weeks old and was able to gather a field of sheep while out of sight before her first birthday.
She also works independently in the pens and even guides sheep out of stock trailers.
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.”
In the near future, Dewi hopes to begin training again with one or two other dogs.
He added: “It is very sad to see Kim go but I’m also very happy to know she is going to an excellent home.”