Megan – a border collie if you want to get specific but clearly an ace at herding sheep has taken the record for being the worlds most expensive sheepdog when she changed hands for 18,000 pounds ( about $20k USD). To put that in comparison, a normal sheep dog goes for about 2,500 USD.
So what makes her so special? I am glad you ask. Megan boasts of an impressive bloodline and is described by her old owner as being ‘the full package’. She is offspring of several top performing dogs so clearly she comes from good stock.
Megan is two and a half years old and has been fully trained by her owner Ms Emma Gray who runs the remote 150 acre Fallowless Farm in the UK where Megan has become an expert at herding sheep. Her new owner though is in the US of A where she will have slight change of duties. From herding sheep to herding cattle, meant for Wagyu beef all the way in Oklahoma. Ms Gray claims to have two really good sheep dogs already so her decision to sell Megan but the final figure that she sold for at auction surprised even her. Interestingly, the previous record was also set by a dog that Ms Gray sold for but that was at 15,000 pounds.
For those of you who worry whether Megan will be upto the new task, Ms Gray advises that herding cattle is not much different to herding sheep and Megan is so good at her job that she will pretty much herd anything.
Would that include toddlers, the parent within me wonders.
Megan got a treat of a Marks & Spencer chicken – a treat – followed by a sound sleep on her owner’s pillow. We wish Megan all the best for her trans-Atlantic journey and future adventures!
In the meantime, treat yourself to this utterly mesmerising video of a mass sheep herding by an equally talented dog.