The stylised name of the Gryphonet (as opposed to the more standard spelling of “griffin”) is due to the deep love of antiquarian texts, held by the original breeder, who managed to cross pygmy griffins with kneazles, creating small domesticateable Griffins which, oddly, resembled owls more than any other bird of prey. Although technically an illegal cross, the creatures were found to be easy to domesticate and, although the original breeder has been struck from record, their naming of the creatures still stands and their remaining extant family still profits from the sale of the creatures today.
Making excellent pets, Gryphonets hunt for themselves as they please, but will accept owl and cat food alike, as well as owl treats. Oddly affectionate pets and familiars, given the creatures they are born of, Gryphonets love nothing more than to curl up on their chosen humans lap and be given affection. If their human feels sad they are fairly good at comforting as well, allowing themselves to be hugged as needed, and purring and and nuzzling against their humans as required.