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This question is actually a two-parter. First some background: My mom told me that while she was growing up, she knew several people with geese, and they would chase you and attack you! I asked her if she knew what breed they were, and she said she didn't know, but she described them as "big and white," and "looked like a mother goose from the books" lol So I'm not quite sure what breed they were, but apparently they were consistently vicious and mean. I have also heard of people using geese in place of guard dogs to defend their property!! So these geese must be pretty tough!

Well earlier this year I went to a renaissance faire, where there were some people who had geese, and they offered to let us hold and pet the geese. I had a little trepidation about going near the geese, but the man who owned them assured me they were not aggressive. Well, it turns out the goose I held was the NICEST goose ever!! I sat there and held her and petted her for several minutes and she was so adorable. It was pretty cool.

So I'm wondering, are geese in general really aggressive or are there some breeds that are nicer than others? If so, which breeds would be considered to be less aggressive?

The second part of my question is: When I held the goose at the renaissance faire, I didn't ask what breed it was, but now I'm curious. She was very small (I thought she was a duck at first), all white, had blue eyes, an orange bill with pink on the tip, and her feathers seemed kind of ragged and crazy. I'm not sure if they were quite as curly as a Sebastopol goose, and I'm not sure if she would be too small to be one anyways, but her feathers were definitely not smooth. Here are some pictures:
http://img21.imageshack.us/img21/3687/img1976pw.jpg
http://img641.imageshack.us/img641/6725/img1980fw.jpg

Anybody have any idea what her breed might be? Also, haha! Even the goose was wearing a costume! I'm guessing she has to be pretty docile to let someone dress her up! lol

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No, geese are not inherently mean and agreesive.  Unless it's mating season, or a goose has a nest of eggs she's brooding, or some goslings she's raising.

SOME breeds are more aggressive than others, Chinese for example.  Some Pekins can be aggressive.

I'm no expert, but I think the goose in those pictures is an Embden. 

I have a pair of (utility) Toulouse geese, a gander and a goose.  They're friendly and curious and such fun to have in the flock!  If somebody enters the yard, they will announce it with honking, and will run towards the person with their wings outstretched and flapping.  Pretty impressive display, but if that person were to wave HIS/HER arms and run at them, the geese would turn and go in another direction.

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-- Linda (AKA: gryeyes)
I refuse to fight a battle of wits with an unarmed person.

Buncha Outdoor PET chickens, ducks, 5 Toulouse geese, and 7 turkeys....so far. Plus 2 wiener dogs, 2 bunnies, a rescue cat which owns me and a new kitten. Oh, yeah: and a house silkie....

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post #3 of 11

Well if you raise just one goose in your house and it thinks it is a human Im sure it has a different attitude then say my geese do as they grew up among their fellow geese and became attached to each other not me, they also live outside not in the house and I dont pick them up and pet them every day so I think those things play a part on weather or not the goose is tame and nice and you can try and buy a breed that is known to be easy going, the geese your mom was talking about sound like they could be Embden geese. The goose in the pics is most likely a Sebastopol Goose, look them up I hear they make great pets and are very pretty neat birds

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I had a pair of Chinese I raised and they imprinted on me and I let them follow me everywhere. As the gander matured I nipped any aggression in the bud. He NEVER bites and never chases people. He's very nice and won't even bite when he's mad. He made a great dad too. I think that just like dogs it all depends on the owner training properly and making sure they know that aggression towards people is never ok. They were so smart they announced when cars other then our own came up and even understood when I introduced new chicks that they were not allowed to be mean to them, even the day old chicks where left alone. They also removed all predator problems including hawks and stray dogs.


Edited by AuberyMirkwood - 9/22/11 at 4:16pm
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Thanks for the reply!

I have only just started learning about geese, but I thought Embdens are very large? Or are they actually quite small? Or perhaps I just think the goose I'm holding is tiny because I've only met a handful of geese and I have no perspective? lol

Also, I can imagine that if a goose was running at you honking with its wings flapping that one might easily mistake that for an attack, even if the goose meant no harm! That's good to know that they really wouldn't attack you, though! smile

ETA: Oops, a couple other people replied while I was posting mine! Thanks for the replies, everybody!

I have another question. If it's mostly about how you raise them, does that mean if you want your geese to be non-aggressive towards humans, does it mean that you should handle them regularly and get them used to being around humans? Or should you not handle them? I've heard that geese that are regularly handled become brave around humans and are more likely to be aggressive, whereas geese that have a little bit of fear of humans keep their distance and are less likely to become aggressive.


Edited by Nargle - 9/22/11 at 4:21pm
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Blue eyes, appears to have streamers, I vote Sebastopol goose and they are some of the calmest.

How they are raised has a large part to do with it, some geese are more aggressive just like some roosters can be.


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Originally Posted by Nargle 

Thanks for the reply!

I have only just started learning about geese, but I thought Embdens are very large? Or are they actually quite small? Or perhaps I just think the goose I'm holding is tiny because I've only met a handful of geese and I have no perspective? lol

Also, I can imagine that if a goose was running at you honking with its wings flapping that one might easily mistake that for an attack, even if the goose meant no harm! That's good to know that they really wouldn't attack you, though! smile

ETA: Oops, a couple other people replied while I was posting mine! Thanks for the replies, everybody!

I have another question. If it's mostly about how you raise them, does that mean if you want your geese to be non-aggressive towards humans, does it mean that you should handle them regularly and get them used to being around humans? Or should you not handle them? I've heard that geese that are regularly handled become brave around humans and are more likely to be aggressive, whereas geese that have a little bit of fear of humans keep their distance and are less likely to become aggressive.


If you brood your own, as in getting day olds and putting them under a heat lamp they will imprint on you and it's too late. They now think humans are the same species and will be agressive. Yes, some fear helps some. BUT in MHO I would rather have a goose that been handled a lot and knows to not be aggressive to humans EVER then to have a "wild" goose that just might attack.

I was 15 when I got them and had very young siblings so both geese and roosters were made very clear to that aggression to humans of any size was not allowed, especially biting. My Gander did hiss to protect setting girlfriend but he knew better then to try anything else

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Originally Posted by AuberyMirkwood 

I had a pair of Chinese I raised and they imprinted on me and I let them follow me everywhere. As the gander matured I nipped any aggression in the bud. He NEVER bites and never chases people. He's very nice and won't even bite when he's mad. He made a great dad too. I think that just like dogs it all depends on the owner training properly and making sure they know that aggression towards people is never ok. They were so smart they announced when cars other then our own came up and even understood when I introduced new chicks that they were not allowed to be mean to them, even the day old chicks where left alone. They also removed all predator problems including hawks and stray dogs.


with you on the Chinese... all except predator protection.
I've had and still have them... they are not necessarily more agressive than other breeds but I think they're the loudest!  more likely to alert, and darn loud when they do!
over the years we've had a number of dog attacks and a couple of coyote raids, and for the most part they've survived the attacks better than any of the other birds (ducks chickens guineas turkeys), but the don't actively defend the other birds from predators.  good at alarm, not so much on defense.
I think the brown chinese are the most beautiful of the domestic geese, but not the best choice for a hand-raised pet.

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Originally Posted by AuberyMirkwood 

I had a pair of Chinese I raised and they imprinted on me and I let them follow me everywhere. As the gander matured I nipped any aggression in the bud. He NEVER bites and never chases people. He's very nice and won't even bite when he's mad. He made a great dad too. I think that just like dogs it all depends on the owner training properly and making sure they know that aggression towards people is never ok. They were so smart they announced when cars other then our own came up and even understood when I introduced new chicks that they were not allowed to be mean to them, even the day old chicks where left alone. They also removed all predator problems including hawks and stray dogs.


with you on the Chinese... all except predator protection.
I've had and still have them... they are not necessarily more agressive than other breeds but I think they're the loudest!  more likely to alert, and darn loud when they do!
over the years we've had a number of dog attacks and a couple of coyote raids, and for the most part they've survived the attacks better than any of the other birds (ducks chickens guineas turkeys), but the don't actively defend the other birds from predators.  good at alarm, not so much on defense.
I think the brown chinese are the most beautiful of the domestic geese, but not the best choice for a hand-raised pet.


My pair was a white chinese gander and a brown chinese goose. Mine did not directly protect the other birds as they didn't consider them "flock" but they defended my six acres as their property. I certainly can't speak for other geese but I witnessed mine chase off cats, coyotes, foxes, packs of stray dogs, and skunks. And they made such a racket about the hawks the hawks didn't stay lol


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I agree looks like Sebastopol goose.  I have a Toulouse  that is down right mean.  She only likes me.  She was hand raised  and when she was young she was very sweet to every body.  But once she matured she turned very aggressive and no matter what we have tryed to get her under control she just doesn't want any body back out at the barns.  I don't need a watch dog I have her! She has good days and bad days.  She is just very moody! So even though I raised her to be a good and friendly goose it didn't turn out that way.  They are not all that way but  the Sebastopol are known to be very sweet.  I wish I had one.      hmm

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