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Top dog sells for $10,000

A new record price of $10,000 was paid for a dog auctioned off at the annual Whatatutu Sheep Dog Sale, organised by the Whatatutu Dog Trial Club on Saturday at Otara Station.

It was described as a very strong sale, confirming the demand for quality, well-trained sheep dogs.

Each dog was demonstrated working sheep in an open paddock, before being auctioned off by well-known livestock auctioneer, Neville Clark.

“There was a dog there for nearly everyone,” said club spokeswoman Annie Flood.

“. . . from some quality young heading dogs who have just started working but show real potential that sold for $800 each, right through the spectrum of prices to a two-and-a-half-year-old honest working dog that sold for $9000.

“There was an outstanding black and white two-and-a-half-year-old that was fast, clean, stylish and very precise in his moves that made $10,000.

“It was a record price in the history of this sale,” Mrs Flood said.

“In the huntaway section, prices ranged from $800 upwards with a two-year-old black and tan bitch, a good type with flowing noise and under exceptional command, going for $9200.

“Also worthy of mention was a five-month-old bitch, top bloodlines, that was demonstrated hunting sheep while held in check and then released to show her handling ability around the sheep. She made $3500. All in all, it was a very strong sale and a few dissapointed buyers went home without a dog.”

RECORD SALE: The Whatatutu Dog Trial Club's annual sheep dog sale at Otara Station on Saturday drew a good-sized crowd and realised a new record-high price of $10,000, with several others reaching the $9000 mark. Picture by Peter Andrew