Pomeranian geese average 15 to 17 pounds and lay 15 to 35 eggs annually. Northern German farmers developed the Pomeranian as far back as early as 1550. In their native Germany, the term Pomeranian refers to a utilitarian goose breed. German Pomeranians are colored white, gray, saddleback buff, or saddleback gray, but only the Saddleback Pomeranian exists in North America. The head, back, and flanks of a saddleback are either buff or gray. All colored feathers of the back and flank are edged in near-white. The rest of the bird is white. A Pomeranian should have a pinkish-red bill, reddish-orange legs, and blue eyes.
The Pomeranian is distinctive among European geese for its single-lobed paunch. In addition, Pomeranian geese have slightly flattened heads. This, in combination with their stout necks, protruding breasts, and rounded bodies, gives them an “arrogant” appearance according to some breeders.
While some Pomeranians are docile and pleasant to show, others are quick to read nervous body language and respond aggressively. They tend to greet visitors noisily, making them good watch birds.
When selecting breeders, look for birds with chunky bodies and well-defined markings. When viewed from behind and above, the colored areas of the backs and shoulders should be reminiscent of the classic heart shape. Solid-colored heads are preferred, but most specimens have white feathers around the base of their bills. Some strains of Pomeranians produce birds with slight indications of knobs at the base of their bills. Guard against this fault since it is evidence of crossbreeding. Avoid breeding specimens with dual lobed paunches, dewlaps, orange bills and feet, excessively white heads, dark feathers in the wings, or undersized bodies.
Pomeranians are a good all-around breed for a colorful home flock. While the plumage markings are fairly fixed genetically, producing a properly marked specimen is a challenge. Ganders can be mated with three to four geese.
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