were adding a pair of geese (goslings) come spring and need to decided now which breed would be best for us so we have the winter to prep. dads list of "wants" is rather simple, a large white goose mum wants a "pretty" bird whos going to be friendly (i know this is partially based on how their raised, but...) personally i LOVE sebastopol and africans were loking for a good "beginner" breed, something ct winter hardy thats a relitivly easy keeper, will do ok with a flock of chickens running around (well be getting 5 come spring also) and are good weeders/trimmers, they will be given wander over our lawns during the day, and the veggie gardens and small orchard, we live on aprox 1/2 acre. both parents agree they want something a little "intimidating" we have kids who use our yard as a cut through doing alot of damage on the way, and a walking alarm system would be great, all geese are intimidating but both are interested in larger more "imposing" breeds to be a visual deterant. (these kids have climbed our 6 ft fencing despite warning signs, and chihuahuas arnt realy an intimidating breed of dog! lol) now of course for me sebbies and africans made the list (ive never met a sebbie but i hear great things and there so cool looking, and ive met 5 africans thus far and never met one i havent LOVED!) dad likes them embedens, (i just worry as im told they tend to be a little more agressive and not a good beginner breed) toulous and Americans also make the list. we will accept other thoughts and opinions too, theres just sooo much info out there that we want some goosey owner imput into the situation too. any help would be awesome. were also wondering about "mixing" but unsure of the result, are geese "breedist" or would an embedn get along with an african or a sebbie and an american ect as long as there raised together? what about mixed breeding, is that something wed have to worry about? thanks again, this forum is a wealth of information!