Domestic Goose Breeds

Embden GooseGoose breeds are usually grouped into Heavy, Medium and Light weight classes. Commercially, Geese are usually bred for their meat, foie gras and occasionally for speciality eggs but for the specialist breeders and keepers of pure breed geese, they provide charming and intelligent pets, useful ‘guard dogs’ and efficient ‘lawn mowers’. Remember not all White Geese are Embdens, just as not every white duck is an Aylesbury! Commercially, there are many crosses that have been created along the way and it is impossible to tell many apart.

We have taken many pictures of geese at poultry and waterfowl shows but if you have a photograph of a good example of a domestic breed in a natural setting, we would certainly be interested in hearing from you.

There are many breeds of geese to choose from, each breed has its own page where you will find pictures and any breed specific information. If you are interested in getting some geese then why not visit our section on keeping geese where you will find further information?

Picture Above: An Embden Goose, one of the most popular geese used commercially as part of a hybrid cross for the table.

Please note: These are Domestic Geese. There are many species of wild geese that you may see on lakes and ponds that are not covered by this website.

Goose Breeds Selector: UK Standardised Breeds

Click on the link under the picture to go to the breed page.

African Goose American Buff Goose Brecon Buff Goose
African American Buff Brecon Buff
Buff Back Goose Chinese Goose Czech Goose
Buff / Grey Back Chinese Czech
Embden Goose Pigrim Goose Pomeranian Goose
Embden Pilgrim Pomeranian
Roman Goose Sebastopol Goose Steinbacher Goose
Roman Sebastopol Steinbacher
Toulouse Goose West of England Goose
Toulouse West of England

Pictures of Geese

We have photographed most of these geese at poultry and waterfowl shows but if you have a photograph of a good example of domestic geese in natural settings you can share, please get in contact with me.

Breeds of Domestic geese are classified in the UK by the British Waterfowl Standards published by the British Waterfowl Association. They align with the Poultry Club of Great Britain Standards.

There are other breeds of domestic goose standardised in other countries. The following organisations maintain these standards for domestic geese:

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Goose Breeds Pictures Thanks… I would like to thank Rupert Stephenson, poultry photographer for his help. He has supported me so much with my efforts to gather photos of all the different breeds of geese. He has also has supplied this website with a lot of breed pictures. I would also like to thank the British Waterfowl Association and Poultry Club of Great Britain members for their support in allowing us to photograph their geese at the various shows over the years.