About his name: The grizzly bear from the Cache National Forest known as "Old Ephraim" was first identified by his distinctive 3 toed tracks. The massive grizzly bear lived within a wilderness area from as far north as Soda Springs, Idaho to as far south as Weber, Utah, before settling in Logan Canyon, about 20 miles east of Logan, Utah.
"Old Eph" is a name used in many frontier folklore including several deer and scout camps.
“Old Ephraim” was a legendary, giant, marauding grizzly bear who roamed the Wasatch Mountains in the early 20th century. Almost 92 years after his death, the bruin still lives on in campfire tales and various tributes. For example, in Bear Lake Valley, there’s the Old Ephraim Pizza, 32 inches in diameter; in a remote side canyon of Logan Canyon, there’s a large stone monument where he was killed; and “Walking Thunder” (1997) was not only one of actor/singer John Denver’s last movies, but was inspired by the tale of Utah’s Old Eph himself."
“Grizzly bear killed near Logan” was an Aug. 22, 1923 headline in the Standard-Examiner, reporting on the bear’s demise.
“The largest grizzly bear that was ever known to inhabit the Wasatch Range is reported to have been killed in the Right Hand Fork of Logan Canyon by William (Frank) Clark, a sheepherder,” the story stated. The bear was believed to have killed as many as 15 sheep in one night and Old Eph was indeed possibly the largest and most elusive bear ever in the Beehive State."
30+ years of hunting breeding, Excellent temperament, Excellent field attitude, Excellent water attitude, Extremely focused, High prey drive. "In a market flooded by goldens with dubious field credentials, finding a solid gunning companion is like finding the proverbial needle in a haystack."
Over the last 32 years Quartermoon have focused on perfecting the golden gun dog. Pixie's last litter, daughter of Bree, was a dream come true. Bree is one of the most gifted hunters Erica's had in 32 years. Eph's providing us with the embodiment of her accumulated and focused genetics. Those that know her program also know that she breeds wavy or curly coated goldens. Eph is an iconic throwback in the golden retriever foundational pedigrees. His extremely wavy coat is as unique as he his. Many golden history buffs have assumed that the wave come the early Tweed water dog ancestors. However, some think they came from his more immediate ancestors, Tiverton Best Lad and Rajah. Either way, 32 years of gun dog genetics are roaming the mountains and valleys of Cache County. He's everything we hoped for and more.
Primary Usage - Upland Game - Hunt Test - Hunts the mountains & valleys of the Rockies.
Call Name: Eph DOB: November 3, 2020 COI: 13.27% Weight: 45lbs Coat: Wavy, medium dark field coat Eye's Dark Pigment Dark
Genetic Genome Test Results: 100% CLEAR Degenerative Myelopathy WT/WT Normal (clear) Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa WT/WT Normal (clear) Exercise-Induced Collapse WT/WT Normal (clear) Ichthyosis (Golden Retriever Type) WT/WT Normal (clear) Muscular Dystrophy (Golden Retriever Type) WT/Y Normal/Clear Male Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis 5 (Golden Retriever Type)WT/WT Normal (clear) Osteogenesis Imperfecta (Golden Retriever Type)WT/WT Normal (clear) Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Golden Retriever 1WT/WT Normal (clear) Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Golden Retriever 2WT/WT Normal (clear) Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Progressive Rod-Cone Degeneration WT/WT Normal (clear) OFA CAER: GR-EYE23218/5M-VPI OFA Heart: Pending OFA Hips: Pending OFA Elbows: Pending OFA Thyroid: Pending OFA Dentition: Pending
Top 5 ancestors contributing to COI, in order of influence:
Sportin' Nitty Gritty MH ***OS
Sportin' Gold Standard MH *** OS
MHR SFR Jackson Apollo ** MH MNH
AFC Honeycreek's Jammin' Jaco MH OS
Quartermoon I am Mc Bree - One of the best natural hunting dogs in years.
Cache's Training Hunt Test, Upland Game Hunting, Hunt Tests
Description Medium sized, medium dark color, wavy coat, excellent muscle tone, athletic, nimble, excellent water attitude and extremely birdy.
Additional Comments Eph embodies the optimal hunting golden attitude. Classic golden temperament, He is in an elite class of goldens that are completely clear of all genetic disease markers available for his breed.
Foundation Training: • Bird Introduction (build prey drive) • Proper Gun Introduction • Kenneling • Sit (sit means sit, no stay needed) • Here • Front to Side Heel - Walking Heel • Place • Whistle commands (Here) • Hunt Command & Nose Work • Swim Work - Steady to Shot • Decoy Introduction • Marking drills on land and water • Single Marks/Retrieves • Upland Training • Dead bird work primarily with ducks/pheasants • Lots of practice hunting situations
Hunt Test Training: JH Pattern blinds, upland game hunted. Will be professionally & amateur trained.