Of Griffins and Griffons

Old Photo of a Griffon Bruxellois or Brussels Griffon

Under the category of things I found while looking for other things comes this photo of Mary Langley Bruce, seated with her Griffon Bruxellois, “Cupid”. For anyone who might care, the Griffon Bruxellois or Brussels Griffon is really three dogs rolled into one, the Griffon Bruxellois, the Griffon Belge and the Petit Brabançon. We’re also told that a proper Griffon should be muscular, compact and well-boned, and should not seem delicate, racy or overly cobby. Cobby? I refuse to google it. I will just assume it means “not looking all freaky like the dog in the picture above”. (view biggee sized pic of this non-cobby dog)
In case anyone cares, I was actually looking for drawings of the Le Griffon (the Griffin), the ship of famous explorer René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle for this article on Absolute Michigan. The story is interesting as an explorer is wrangling with the state of Michigan over a shipwreck. They want to see it before they make any deals with him and he says “no way am I showing it to you without assurances”.

One thought on “Of Griffins and Griffons

  1. anne says:

    Cobby means headstrong.

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