It might seem like such a fine breed as the Sebastopol would've only been genetically engineered by science very recently. However, Sebastopol geese have been around for nearly two hundred years- having originated near the Black Sea in the 1800's. They were bred for their feathers to be used in bedding, pillows, and art. Understandable, considering they have the heaviest feathering of any goose breed.
- Breed Colors/Varieties:
Saddleback (all colors)
Splash (all colors)
Solid (all colors)
- Breed Size:
- Large Fowl
Derived from the Greylag Goose, Sebastopol Geese used to be much smaller than they are today having weighed around nine pounds in the 1800's. They were crossed with Embden Geese in the 1900's to increase the total weight of the bird.
Originally named Danubian Geese due their popularity around the Danube River, they were officially dubbed "Sebastopol" Geese after being distributed from port Sevastopol in Ukraine.