Originally developed in the south of France as a large table bird and for production of pate de foie gras. Imported into the USA & UK in the late 19th Century and then developed further as an 'Exibition' type in the 20th Century. The development of the Buff colour has been well established in the USA but remains relatively rare in the UK.
- Breed Colors/Varieties:
- Sometimes confused with Utility Toulouse.
Grey, Buff and White (remains under development)
- Breed Size:
- Large Fowl
Exhibition Dewlap Toulouse
- Average User Rating:
Breed Details by Pete & Rob Banks (pete55):
A stately and impressive large breed. Generally quiet and placid in nature. This is a slow to mature breed and it is often up to 3 years before their full potential is reached. Show quality birds should appear massive with loose broad feathering, deep in the body, strong head and beak, large dewlap (often double loded), large bowed keel that appears to touch the ground. Overall the bird should appear 'box' shaped. These large birds are easy to keep but prefer a quiet environment with access to shallow bathing pools. Fertility is sometimes low in some lines but it is untrue that the large Ganders are unable to mate. However they must be fit. Fertility is often higher in younger ganders before they are fully developed. Females lay approx 30 eggs starting in March and may go broody but their large size sometimes makes them clumsy with eggs and/or goslings.
Recent User Reviews
"Grey and Buff Exhibition Dewlap Toulouse Geese"
Pros - Gentle, relatively quiet, great flock guardians, get along well with other poultry/geese
Cons - Difficult to incubate/hatch,
My Exhibition Dewlap Toulouse Geese are the most prized members of my flock. I absolutely adore everything about them! They make wonderful pets and are also great flock guardians in that they let me know if there's a problem outside. I have found the Exhibition Dewlap Toulouse to be quite difficult to incubate and/or hatch successfully and would highly recommend gaining experience with a breed which doesn't present as many problems before trying these. I have found my geese to be gentle at all times of the year, including the breeding season. Although the ganders can get a bit testy during breeding season, I haven't witnessed the viciousness that I've seen in some other goose breeds at this time of year. I consider the Exhibition Dewlap Toulouse to be the "gentle giants" of the goose kingdom. They all come running every time I open the door to go outside and are always happy to see me! These geese are extremely large and can develop leg problems if not fed the proper diet. I highly recommend Mazuri waterfowl brand feed for any and all types of waterfowl but especially the Dewlap Toulouse. As with any animal...FRESH and CLEAN drinking/bathing water should be available at ALL times. Exhibition Dewlap Toulouse geese are the only breed of geese that I raise. I have found my geese to get along well with all of the other members of my flock...including the chickens, call ducks, pheasants, and yes, even the cats! All in all, the Exhibition Dewlap Toulouse is a wonderful breed and my hope is that my small contribution will make a difference toward preserving this amazing and beautiful bird.
"UK Exhibition Dewlap Toulouse Geese - Grey and..."
Pros - 'Giant' breed with a very striking appearence. Calm and friendly disposition.
Cons - Shoter life span in extreme exhibition types, eggs can be difficult to hatch, prefer to be amongst own breed.
A stunning and striking breed of geese which always draws admiration for its looks and size. We have established UK show lines and our stock is descended from International show lines including Holderread.
Our favourite breed and we have established and developed our theories of incubation based on direct research with this breed. Please PM for availability.
2013 has seen us establish our own line of exhibition Buffs which have been line bred from Champion foundation birds.
A breed which we highly recommend.
"Buff & Grey Dewlap Toulouse Geese"
Pros - gentle, calm, quiet, can be kept in small yards
Cons - fragile, not good foragers, not with with other goose breeds
I have 19 dewlap toulouse geese (7 buff/12 grey). They are wonderful pets and make excellent front yard lawn ornaments. They are sweet and sociable... and always act super happy to see me. It is a shame that they are so rare and difficult to find for purchase. I hope to help change that in 2013.
6 month old grey gander
7 month old buff gander
1.5 year old buff gander
1.5 year old grey geese
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