The Large Dewlap Toulouse was developed from the common Toulouse goose in the 1850's in England for exhibition purposes. Their unique characteristics are the large dewlap of skin hanging below their beak, a deep keel hanging from their breast and two lobes in their full paunch. They continue growing for several years and do not reach their peak development until they are at least three years old.
They are a very calm breed and we have never seen the males fight. Though fertility can sometimes be a problem with this breed, the fertile eggs hatch as well as all other breeds. If you do show your Large Dewlap Toulouse you will want to get them as heavy as possible. But for the breeding season you want to keep them trim with very little extra fat on them (as with all goose breeds). Fertility and egg production in both ducks and geese are much better if the birds are trim and fit during the breeding season.
Last year I purchased ducklings from Metzer and had a great experience. Yesterday I picked up our 3 Large Dewlap Toulouse geese from the post office and I was shocked at how healthy and happy they were. I hate the idea of having to ship across the country but Metzer does it right. Within 10 min they were sassing me and playing. I of course am taking precautions for stress but these are the most unstressed goslings I have ever seen (and I have probably seen about 50 in the past two years).
Such a stunning bird. Gentle giants. Fabulous personalities and very mellow/quiet compared to other breeds.