Skipton early autumn dogs sale saw prices topping at 3700gns (£3885) for a two and a half year old smooth coated black and white dog, Jim, consigned by Dennis Purdham, Seascales, Cumbria.
Jim attracted high levels of pre-sale interest and was berd by Mr Purdhams neighbour Malcolm Cottam.
Jim is full brother to Jimmy, a black and white dog who sold for 2350gns as a 13 month old at Skipton’ May sale this year.
The Irish were also well represented at the fixture, with top call among their entries falling to Billy Ryan, Keenogue,
A number of entries were forward from
A total of eight dogs sold to 2,000 guineas and more. Roger Jewitt, of Naburn, York, saw his April, 2006, black and white bitch Fern make 2,100gns when acquired by a southern buyer, who plans to breed from her.
Mr Jewitt purchased Fern at the May, 2008, Skipton dogs sale from noted breeder John Bell, of Howden, Selby, who holds the record for the highest number of top-priced dogs at Skipton. She has since won five nursery trials and was the top scoring dog in the 2008/09 Northern Sheep Dog Society winter trials season.
Welsh handler Peter Blain, of Bala, was among the leading prices with two of his entries. Jan, a three-year-old black and white bitch, made 2,050gns, while his nine-month-old black and white dog Cap, out of Mr Blain’s own May, sold for 2,000gns.
With 68 dogs forward, broken registered entries sold to 3,700gns (av £1,654), part-broken dogs to 950gns (£628) and unbroken dogs to 450gns.