A trained sheepdog has become the most expensive border collie in the world after selling for £27,100.Kim was trained by Welsh farmer Dewi Jenkins, 28, who sold her at an online auction by Farmers Marts of Dolgellau. Mr Jenkins said Kim, who was auctioned a few days before her first birthday, is so clever that she can remember how to do something after only being shown once. She can already gather entire herds of sheep and cattle single-handedly, without Mr Jenkins watching her, at the family-farm in Talybont.
‘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,’ said Mr Jenkins.The smart dog has now beat the previous record-holder Henna, from Brecon in Wales, who was sold for £20,000. Kim has also broken Mr Jenkins’s personal record for sales which was held by a border collie, Tyngraig Jet, who went for £12,000 in July.
Mr Jenkins said: ‘Kim is holding the two records now. She is brainy and very, very intelligent.
‘For any farmer anywhere, she would do the job for them. It’s incredible.’
The farmer grew up with border collies helping his family manage sheep and cattle in Talybont, near Aberystwyth.
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He found his passion for training dogs and now teaches them commands in English so they can help other farmers all over the world.Mr Jenkins has sold dogs to owners in the UK, France, Belgium, Norway and the USA.
‘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,’ he said.
Kim, who is a ‘very fashionable red’, came to live with Mr Jenkins when she was eight weeks old.
She quickly learnt to work independently in the pens and can even guide sheep out of stock trailers.
Although some sheepdogs can do this there are not many who can do it with animals other than sheep at such a ‘young age’, said Mr Jenkins.
He said: ‘It is very sad to see Kim go but I’m also very happy to know she is going to an excellent home.’
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