Main Breeds of geese are:
- The Embden Goose. This is the largest and probably the most widely
available. A full-grown gander can weigh 14 kg and a goose can
weigh 9 kg. It is white with an orange bill, legs and feet. If you
want geese that the children will recognise from all the story-
books, this is the breed to have.
The Toulouse Goose. This has a grey head and some grey in the
plumage. The gander grows to 12 kg and the goose to 9 kg. This is
the poor goose that was force-fed to produce fat livers for pate de
foie gras. Now that the market for this kind of pate is declining,
the practice of force-feeding has also declined.
The Brecon Buff Goose. This is similar in colouring to the Toulouse but has
a pink bill, legs and feet. The gander grows to 9 kg and the goose
to 7 kg.
The Chinese Goose. This looks like an extra-large duck. It is usually
brown or white and weighs up to 7 kg for a gander, 6 kg for a
The Roman Goose. This is similar in weight to the Chinese.