In 1998, the animated sitcom Family Guy premiered under the Fox Broadcasting Company.

This entertaining cartoon shows the daily lives of the Griffin family members, Lois and Peter, their children Stewie, Chris, and Meg, and their pet dog Brian. The family was conceptualized by Seth MacFarlane based on his two other animated films, The Life of Larry and Larry & Steve.

Role in Family Guy


MacFarlane created a new character out of Larry and his dog Steve, therefore renamed as Peter and Brian. The show was set in a fictional city named Quahog, supposedly in Rhode Island, and uses a lot of dark humor about American culture.

This series made Brian Griffin a household name due to his amusing behavior. He first appeared on television through a 15-minute short film in 1998 and has been featured in various family guy merchandise and is considered as the show’s biggest selling character. Brian also made crossover appearances in other shows such as American Dad and The Cleveland Show, both also produced by MacFarlane.

Brian did not only sell a lot of merchandise as a Family Guy character but also easily became the viewers’ favorite character. In fact, when Brian’s character got killed in Season 12’s Life of Brian episode, the show received more attention than ever and a lot of negative reactions from its audience. This gave the production team so much pressure to return Brian into the show that two episodes later, Brian resurfaced when Stewie saved him using time travel.


To a lot of Family Guy fans, it is a common question to ask what dog breed Brian is inspired from. Well, Brian is a white labrador. White Labradors are paler versions of the yellow breed and have pigmented noses, dark eyes, and white fur.

Brian’s anthropomorphic characteristic has been very impactful to the show even though he may seem like “just a pet dog” to some of its viewers. This may be due to his unique capabilities as a human-like animal. He can talk, he walks on his hind legs, and he can even drive a car! Other than these characteristics, Brian is known to have a liberal political stance on many issues that supports the legalization of marijuana and gay marriage. Amazingly, he is a writer in the show. A struggling one, though. He is unemployed, but he wrote various novels, screenplays, and essays.

Brian surely fascinated his audience with all these attributes. Are you one of Brian’s fans? Do you miss him and the show?

If you want to be reminded of Brian and his antics, you can get this Brian Griffin Vinyl Action Figure to always serve as a reminder of his lines and tricks from the show!

It’s a collectible figure by The Loyal Subjects with several points of articulation and accessories. This 3.25 inch figure of the iconic Family Guy character Brian Griffin with his signature facial expression and usually upright stance with hands that can hold a coffee mug and a rolled-up newspaper. The articulation makes this Brian Griffin figure poseable in numerous ways, making it a great addition to any display shelf, desk, or mantle. It also makes a great companion for an accompanying Peter Griffin or Stewie Griffin figure as well. This figure makes a great gift idea for someone who loves watching the show Family Guy!


Brian is an 8 year old dog, so to calculate his age in human years it depends on how many dogs years equal a human year. The general consensus is 7 years - but this can vary depending on breed and nature of your dog. In Brian's case, though, he is 56 human years.


Season 12 Episode 6 sees Brian die from injuries caused by a car crash. Playing hockey with Stewie, Brian gets run over. But ... after a mass media outcry, two episodes later, Brian is resurected!!! Brian lives - he's alive, I tell you!


Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane claimed the controversial death of Brian was done for the shock value. He wanted to show its many fans that anything can happen and he, as a writer, hold the cards.