THE first-ever South Korean purchaser of a working sheep dog at last month’s online-only sale at CCM Skipton reports that the dog has arrived safely, is settling in nicely and working well on his sheep flock.
Jaehoon Lee, who is based in Namhae-gun, a county in South Gyeongsang-do Province, located in the far south-east corner of the Korean peninsula, paid £6,900, second top call, for the 15-month-old black and white dog Wyverne Max, offered for sale by southern Finland’s Ian Dodd, of Mustajoentie, Laylianen.
It was a multi-international transaction that illustrated and again cemented the power of the online selling system and its ability to match dogs with vendors and buyers globally.
Mr Lee’s new acquisition is a well-bred son of leading Welsh handler and breeder Kevin Evans’ Derwen Doug, a European Nursery Champion and dual Welsh and International Brace Champion, out of David Meek’s Wyverne Meg, herself a daughter of a twice International Champion. David runs Wyverne Border Collies in Maesteg, near Bridgend, in Mid-Glamorgan.
As on many occasions at previous Skipton dog sales, both live and online, Mr Evans, of Brecon, was again top dog on price in June when claiming £7,000 with an 18-month-old Derwen Doug daughter.
Mr Lee, who farms close to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Haeinsa, a Buddhist temple that attracts many tourists, explained: “I have bought a lot of dogs from England. I am trying to be the best in the world and there is only one reason why I bought Max. His ability seemed very good and I thought he would be the dog I needed.”
Attention now turns to Skipton’s summer working sheep dog sale on Friday, July 29, which will be a live sale with field trials for broken dogs, supported by both online and telephone bidding. Some 50 dogs will be forward, comprising both fully and part-broken, plus a number of unbroken entries, with a sales catalogue posted at www.ccmauctions.com
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