I think we've pretty much narrowed it down to these two geese, and are having a hard time deciding between them. These will be our first geese (or fowl for that matter, chickens to come later). We plan on having a pair or trio. They will have an enclosure, but be allowed to free range within the yard or pasture along with the horses (2) as well. We want something friendly and generally not too noisy. We're in NC, so we need something able to tolerate our extreme humidity in the summer. We like the idea of having the buffs, since they're listed as critical (though they seem common around here), but are also leaning toward the toulouse. I would love to have goslings in the future (though that's probably the last thing I need to be thinking about right now! ) so if one was more inclined to raise young well, that would be nice. I've read a lot of information about both online, but neither is standing out stronger than the other right now. Any pros or cons to add? This is probably going to seem like a dumb question, but one i've been pondering about chickens as well. Being in the horse world (dog, cat, etc) for so long, i'm so used to everything purebred being registered with their breed's association. It doesn't seem like this is the case with birds? How do you know what you are purchasing is what they say it is? Is it just a matter of phenotypically appearing to be x breed? Have I just missed poultry registrations in my research?