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see Brussels griffonBrussels griffon,
breed of sturdy toy dog developed in Belgium in the 18th and 19th cent. It stands about 8 in. (20.3 cm) high at the shoulder and weighs from 6 to 12 lb (2.7–5.5 kg). There are two varieties, the wirehaired and the smooth.
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; wirehaired pointing griffonwirehaired pointing griffon,
breed of medium-sized sporting dog developed in Holland and France in the late 19th cent. It stands about 22 in. (56 cm) high at the shoulder and weighs between 45 and 60 lb (20.4–27.2 kg).
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griffin, griffon, gryphon

A mythological beast having a lion’s body with an eagle’s head and wings; used decoratively.
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1. any of various small wire-haired breeds of dog, originally from Belgium
2. any large vulture of the genus Gyps, of Africa, S Europe, and SW Asia, having a pale plumage with black wings: family Accipitridae (hawks)
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The griffon vulture underwent some checks and reached its proper and healthy weight again at this center in E[currency]anlyurfa, and then, it was released to the nature to continue flying on its migration route.
The clinical signs exhibited by the griffon vultures on admission and the results of physical examinations as well as the results of postmortem and histopathologic examinations are described in Table 1.
However, the global population trends of Himalayan Griffon Vulture had not approached the thresholds for the declining population criteria of the IUCN Red List till 2012; hence, the species had been assessed as Least Concern (IUCN, 2012; Birdlife International, 2012).
However, the Assyrians and Persians chose the griffon vulture as their war insignia.
As the tale of the griffon vulture demonstrates, birds--unlike the people of the Middle East--are not confined by religion, ideology or even political borders.
The fact that young birds have less foraging experience makes them more dependent on the movement of other scavengers such as the griffon vulture (see Jackson et al.
Today, conservation projects such as the MNF are not only stabilising the griffon vulture population, but are also paving the way for growth in the numbers of other carrion birds, including the Egyptian vulture.
A study by Luis Barrios and Alejandro Rodriguez found that wind farm mortality mainly affected two resident raptor species--the griffon vulture and common kestrel--and that only a small fraction of migrating birds were at risk from turbine collisions.
Pedro, a griffon vulture with a 10ft wingspan, failed to return from a regular exercise flight from his aviary in Llandeilo, Powys, after being ''dive-bombed'' by buzzards which forced him to fly out of the area.
Gandalf, a Ruppell's griffon vulture native to Africa, was performing at World of Wings in Cumbernauld on Sunday afternoon when she was chased off-course by three buzzards.