The origins of the Toulouse goose as its name suggests – is near Toulouse, France. It is a large breed, and the male can weigh up to 12 kg and is mostly known for its large dewlaps (flap of skin that hangs under its beak and head). There are records of this goose as far back as 1555, at which stage it was solely the grey-coloured breed. The breed was introduced to the UK in 1840 and selectively bred to produce a massive goose by the 1900s. The Toulouse goose breed in France have never been bred to the same size as found in the UK, despite the greater numbers of Toulouse kept in France. This breed is a moderate layer of eggs, producing as well as any other goose breed, however the Toulouse is selected for meat and it is the preferred goose for the production of pate de foie gras (liver pate).
This breed of goose has a placid disposition which means that it does not generally thrive in mixed flocks, especially with more active or aggressive birds. Any increase in stress can result in a reduction in mating and feeding. The Toulouse goose generally stays close to home and does not wander, which makes them an ideal choice for a large garden or orchard. There is a broad range in individual goose disposition, as some geese can become severely aggressive and therefore thrive in mixed flocks, while others will be placid to the point that they prefer to follow smaller ducks as opposed to other geese. They do not need access to a body of water, however they mate, and enjoy bathing and playing, in water.
The plumage of the Toulouse varies through different shades of grey, however each feather has white edging. Their undercarriage and tail are white, and they have a broad body with a prominent breastbone. There are two varieties in Australia – medium size and the very heavy. Mating and fertility can be a problem with heavy ganders.
The grey, the buff, the white. Other than colour, all types are similar.
|Gander||11.8- 13. 6 Kg|
|Goose||9.1 – 10.9 Kg|