But earlier this month he qualified for the Adults Novice Cup, and now he can’t wait to step out in front of the crowds next March.

“It’s really good because I am finally going to be in the main arena at Crufts,” he beamed.

“In the junior ring there’s no crowds, I like it when all the people are watching.”

On his way to Crufts qualification, Jack told mum Julia he was bored of the junior ring and wanted to be in with the adults.

Jack Biddle and Bailey.

Jack Biddle and Bailey.

“I told him it would be highly unlikely,” said Julia. “People try for years to get there and it is very difficult to get in but he wanted to try so we went for it.”

It was no easy feat. First he had to get a top five finish in an adult agility competition at a Kennel Club Show. He ticked that off in May, coming 4th out of 175 adults.

This qualified him for the Kennel Club Festival earlier this month.

Up against 540 adults, he had to be in the top 30 after two rounds to get to the final. Two clear rounds saw Jack and Bailey place an incredible 17th. Only 16 dogs went faster with no errors. 

The next day they had to finish in the top ten to get through to Crufts. Another perfect, speedy round and the young boy and his dog finished an unlikely 8th.

“It was such a major achievement,” said Julia. “He will be in the main arena on Thursday 5th March and will have to do two rounds, a jumping and an agility round.

“It will be ten-year-old Jack against the other nine adult finalists. He is so excited.”

Jack and Bailey train once a week in Harvington with Jo Bird.

The working sheepdog is owned by Mel Ashwin, but Jack needs more money for training and his mum is now looking for sponsorship. Call Julia on 07881627110.