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Erik Bergishagen and Jagersbo Kennel Bio

In 1928 my father, Erik Bergishagen Sr., registered the kennel name “Jagersbo” with the American Kennel Club. My father bred English Setters and Pointers, which he imported from Denmark and Sweden. Later, he bred Brittany and Irish Water Spaniels, Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, Dachshunds and Labrador Retrievers. In 1935 Jagersbo Kennels moved to its current location in what is now Troy, Michigan. I was 23 years old in 1952 when my father died. At that time, I registered the kennel in my name and it continues to operate as our family business.

Our first Labrador was Jock of Athabaska, sired by Ch. Shed of Arden. Jock arrived at Jagersbo in the spring of 1946 and I finished his championship when I was 17 years old. Since then, I have shown over 200 dogs of varying breeds to their championships. In 1962 I purchased a German Wirehaired Pointer and, over a period of 13 years, bred 19 litters and 16 champions. Currently we own and breed Labrador Retrievers. Presently, I am licensed to judge the Group, all Sporting dogs and Best in Show. 

Some of my accomplishments and contributions include: 

1968-1988 Licensed all-breed professional handler and member of the Professional Handlers Association and the Dog Handlers’ Guild
1976-Present Member and Director of the Detroit Kennel Club
1980-1987 First Vice President, Detroit Kennel Club
1987-Present President, Detroit Kennel Club
1990-2000 Trustee Emeritus, Morris Animal Foundation
1992-1996 Canine Vice President, Morris Animal Foundation
2001-Present American Kennel Club Delegate for the Detroit Kennel Club

I received my judge’s license in 1988. Some of my judging accomplishments include:

Judged Labrador Retrievers in 1999 and the Sporting group in 2002 at the Westminster Kennel Club Show, judged the Canadian National Labrador Specialty in 2000, judged the National Labrador Specialty in the United States in 2005, judged Labradors at the National A.K.C. invitational in 2006. In 2009 I judged the Chesapeake Bay Retrievers at the Canadian National and in 2010 I judged the Sporting Group at the A.K.C. Invitational.


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