The breed is pure white with a short, light orange bill, and orange feet and shanks. They are fast growing birds and will quickly reach about 9 kg (20 lb) for the Goose, and 14 kg (30 lb) for the Gander. The Emden’s legs are fairly short. The head is oval-shaped and they have a long and graceful neck. The eyes are an ocean blue. The body is bulky and well rounded, having a long back and a short tail. The wings are very strong and of a good length. The feathers are close and very hard.
In the wild
The breed’s habits are to forage for tidbits in the grass and water. They are herbivores and prefer living near some water. They are a very hardy breed and don’t mind fairly mild sub-zero temperatures.
These geese typically forage for food in grass and water, and are not choosy as far as food is concerned. In fact, they tend to make a meal out of anything. Those kept in enclosures will quickly eat areas bald and even kill trees by removing their bark.
If food does need to be supplemented, scratch feed, grass, and various greens – such as collard and turnip greens, spinach, kale – can be provided. Formulated feeds specifically for waterfowl are also available.