What we do Watchlist Geese watchlist Steinbacher Key Characteristics They are a graceful and elegant bird and despite their origins (fighting geese) they are no more aggressive than other geese. Earlier difficulties in breeding seems to have been overcome and they are relatively easy to raise and keep. As a light breed goose they should be 5-6kg for a goose and 6-7kg for a gander. History It is generally believed that the breed originates from the northern European plain, more specifically central Eastern Germany, from crosses of local German geese with Chinese geese. It has also been suggested that Russian fighting geese were also introduced. The breed was first seen in the UK in blue/ lavender in the early 1980’s. Other colours can be found, but mainly in mainland Europe. Appearance The breed was first seen in the UK in blue/ lavender in the early 1980’s. Other colours can be found, but mainly in mainland Europe. They have a proud erect statue and are fairly upright with a slightly stocky with a wide and full breast. The orange beak should have a black bean and distinct black serration. Uses They are used for meat and for egg production, although they can be a reluctant sitter. They are also sometimes exhibited. Did you know? Despite being supposedly known as a 'fighting' goose, they have a great temperament being very amenable and tame.