Pros - Quick, hefty growth. Relatively calm and gentle. Not as noisy or aggressive as Chinese geese. Good grazer.
Cons - Cannot think of any I encountered.
These guys grow quickly, have pretty white plumage and gorgeous blue eyes. They are a perfect choice for eating, or just for your free-ranging enjoyment. I grew up with Chinese geese, and these are miles apart in temperament, in my opinion. The Chinese were very loud and noisy, prone to aggression and just not a breed to be handled much. This one, when raised gently, remains calm and happy to see you. They are great grazers and are still a watch dog, though not quite as loud. Now any goose can get pinchy in breeding season, but these are lovely outside that. Can't wait to have them again.
Pros - Beautiful to eyes, good for alarming dangers, welcoming
Cons - none that i can think of and experienced
I have a pair of Embden Geese. They are with my 3 ducks. All of them hang together but feeding time.
They connect with me very well. Sometimes it seems that they are complaining about something and need a relief.
Over all a good breed.
I have had them for about 3 months.
I got two embden goslings and, let me say, I adored those guys. Actually, they were supposed to be Toulouse geese, but the hatchery gave us the wrong ones. But we found that out too late. Anyway, they grew fast, and were wonderful grazers, grazing on our huge yard all day, not needing much grain. Those geese would follow me everywhere (i babied them too much when they were goslings) , and when I came outside they would honk and fly over to me. After they got older, they started getting aggressive to my family, hissing and snapping when they came outside. They couldn't come out of the house without looking over their shoulder to make sure Phil and Si weren't sneaking up on them. I was the only one safe to go out. Unfortunutely, I wasn't safe after a while, for the ganders (yes, they both turned out to be ganders) decided I wasn't their friend anymore. They would hiss and snap at me as well. And so they were put in the cooking pot. Overall, not a good idea to have ganders.