The French Toulouse (see also Exhibition Dewlap Toulouse) is a French breed of goose, originally from the area of Toulouse, in south-western France, from which it took it's name. Two types are recognised: a heavy industrial type with dewlaps and a slightly lighter agricultural type without dewlaps. The original grey-coloured breed is a very old one and it's name has been recorded back as far as 1555. The breed was first brought to England by a Lord Derby back in 1840. There the French Toulouse were used as breeding stock and by 1894, English breeders had produced a massive bird. The 'Toulouse' in France, although kept in greater numbers, have never quite equalled such weights. The breed was later brought to North America, where it became popular in the upper Midwest due to its ability to withstand cold winters. Details: Purpose: Meat production, feather down and exhibition Weight: Goose - 10-13lbs; Gander - 12-15lbs Egg laying: (Of the type without dewlaps) 25–40; Dewlap - 20-35 annually Pic by @CelticOaksFarm Pic by @Miss Lydia Pic by @pete55 Pic by @pete55 BYC Breed Reviews: https://www.backyardchickens.com/products/french-toulouse https://www.backyardchickens.com/products/exhibition-dewlap-toulouse BYC Breed Discussions: https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/716980/buff-dewlap-toulouse-thread/0_30 https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/700242/toulouse-geese-thread/0_30 https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/892901/production-toulouse-geese-thread/0_30 Do you own Toulouse geese? Are you a Toulouse geese breeder? If so, please reply to this thread with the your thoughts and experiences, including: · What made you decide to get this breed? · Do you own them for fun? Breeding? Some other purpose? · What are your favorite characteristics about this breed? · Post some pics of your birds; male/female, chicks, eggs, etc!