In German, they are called Lockengans or Struppgans, meaning “curl-goose” and “unkempt goose” but they are beautiful animals with fancy tutu-like feathering.
The Sebastopol is a medium-sized goose with long, white curly feathers. The feathers of the neck are smooth and sometimes greyish-brown. Crosses have produced all-gray, buff, and saddle back variants. Feathers on the breast may be curly (frizzle) or smooth. The gander weighs 12-14 lbs while the goose weighs 10-12 lbs. The legs and shanks are orange and the eyes bright blue.
On average, females produce 25-35 eggs per year.
Though domesticated breeds of geese generally retain some flight ability, Sebastopols cannot fly well due to the curliness of their feathers and have difficulty getting off the ground. They need plenty of water in order to keep themselves clean, and to clean their sinuses (as do all waterfowl).
It has been stated the breed was developed in Central Europe along the Danube and the Black Sea. However, it is known the birds were originally met with in the Crimea and sent from the port of Sevastopol, Ukraine as the name implies, and arrived in England in 1860. By the 19th century they were found in all the countries surrounding the Black Sea. The alternate name Danubian reflected their prevalence around the river Danube.
They were originally bred to use their curly feathers in pillows and quilts.
You mess with Goose, you get the Beak!