The Pilgrim goose is known for being calm and personable. It is the only American goose breed that is auto-sexing. Day-old males are silver-yellow with light-colored bills, in contrast to the olive-gray females with their darker bills. Pilgrims are medium-sized geese, weighing 13 – 14 pounds at maturity and lay up to 45 eggs per year. Pilgrims are rugged, quiet, docile, good foragers, excellent natural parents and make good medium-sized roasting birds.
Toulouse is a massively boned bird, bred for ability to gain weight rapidly and produce fois gras. They are large (18-20 lbs.) and are the best layers among the heavyweight breeds at 25-40 eggs per year.
This breed is quite the same as its Standard counterpart, but is more ornamental. They are huge (20-26 lbs.) moderate egg-layer (20-35 eggs yearly). Some specimens tip the scales at thirty pounds or more. Because of their loose plumage, they often appear heavier than they actually are.
The Sebastopol, originally form Europe, is readily identified by its feathers. Long, soft-quilled, curling feathers drape elegantly from its wings, body and tail. Sebastopols are medium-sized geese, weighing 12 – 14 pounds when mature and lay 25-30 eggs per year. They produce good quality meat for roasting.