York & North Yorkshire

Sheep dog sells for £15,000 at auction in Skipton

Cap the sheep dog Image copyright Moule Media
Image caption Cap, who is sixteen months old, sold to an anonymous bidder in Northern Ireland

A sheep dog has sold at auction for almost £15,000, setting a new British record price according to auctioneers.

Sixteen-month-old Cap, bred in County Donegal, was sold at a sale in Skipton, North Yorkshire.

Previous owner Padraig Doherty said the price was "much higher" than anticipated. The town's auctioneer said dogs tended to sell for around £2,000.

The sheep-dog was sold to an anonymous bidder from Northern Ireland and will be used as a working dog on a farm.

Cap's sale price of £14,805 easily surpasses a previous record sheep dog sale of £9,240 in 2013, Skipton Auction Mart said.

A spokesman for the auctioneers the high price was due to Cap being "very well bred", and related to a champion sheep-dog.

Mr Doherty said he had put in a "sparking display" on a trials field in front of potential buyers.

"He is a special dog with genuine power and has a calming effect on sheep," he said.


Hound for pound

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What else would £14,805 get you?

  • 29,610 cans of 385g dog food
  • 370 outdoor dog kennels
  • 26 Porcelain dog food bowls made by Versace

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