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What is the largest breed of Geese?

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What is the largest breed of geese?  Largest in weight which is ???  pounds.    And, largest in height which is ???  tall.   I have heard contradicting stories from the Canada, Toulese, and Embden among one or two others.  Has any body got the straight scoop?  Thanks!


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According to "The Book of Geese" by Dave Holderread, these are considered heavyweight breeds:

African (males 22-28 lbs, females 18-24 lbs)*
Embden (males 28-34 lbs, females 24-28 lbs)*
Production Toulouse
Dewlap Toulouse (males 26-30 lbs, females 20-24 lbs)*

Of course, this would be top of the line show stock with optimal nutrition and environment.

Some books I have read also consider the American Buff to be a heavyweight breed as well, males around 16-20 lbs and females around 12-16 lbs.

I haven't found height ranges, but have seen references to 3 ft tall Embdens and Africans

*weight ranges provided by "Domestic Geese" by Chris Ashton.

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I've always heard that Embdens are the big ones.

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post #4 of 7

I have some Emdens from Holderread.  I cannot imagine any goose being larger than those.

An African perhaps can get heavier, but it won't be anywhere near as tall.

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I have some Emdens from Holderread.  I cannot imagine any goose being larger than those.

An African perhaps can get heavier, but it won't be anywhere near as tall.


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