If you’re looking into giving your dog a Family Guy inspired name, you are likely either a die hard fan of the show or an appreciator of offbeat comedy. In either case, the show, now in its 16th season, provides more than enough unique characters to choose from, each with their own exceptionally quirky personalities and looks that can help you match your dog up with something appropriate. The best part is, for anyone else who is a tenured fan that hears you call your dog in any public fashion will immediately be able to spot you as another devotee of Seth MacFarlane’s best known work. After all, there aren’t many Quagmires in the world - and neither should there be.
Family Guy Dog Names in Pop Culture
Although there are a few other canine characters in Family Guy, Brian is easily the most featured and one of the most beloved for his snark, wit, and identifiable personal struggles.
But Brian, like the rest of the Griffin family, was not even an original character used to pitch creator Seth MacFarlane’s first idea to Fox after they requested a pilot. He was originally called “Steve” and one of the main characters of MacFarlane’s first pitch, two animated films called "The Life of Larry" and "Larry & Steve", which were based on a middle-aged man named Larry and an intellectual anthropomorphic dog named Steve. After MacFarlane created a follow up to the original short, he was contacted by Fox and encouraged to make a pilot based off his original characters. In short, Larry became Peter and Steve became Brian.
Brian’s character has received mixed reviews over the show’s long run, although he was easily marked a favorite of many in the show’s first few seasons. Outside of Stewie and maybe Lois, Brian was easily the smartest in the family, cultured and an outlet for some of the writer’s political views, although in later seasons some of it was poorly received as much of his character stemmed too closely from that idea in certain episodes.
But in the grand scheme, Brian is an extremely important character in the show and to dog characters on the whole. His place in the show works to provide elements of snark and wit, yet his uphill battles to become a successful writer keep him in the wheelhouse of many viewers, his struggles seeming very real and close to the hearts of many. His overall storyline has provided the show quite a bit of emotional depth as well, as the writers have also been able to use Brian to touch on themes of belonging, family, loss, and soul-searching, as he’s tried to find love, his parents, and the truth about his being when many other dogs in the show are simply traditional non-talking dogs.
More than all else, Brian has given us many reasons to laugh as he’s able to reach from high-brow to low-brow humor at the drop of a hat, and yet given us someone to identify with even though he’s technically a different species, even if animated. And while he may fall in and out of favor with show-watching regulars, it’s nearly undeniable that he’s set a new standard for dog characters in television shows, as although intelligent, talking dogs have existed before, rarely have they been able to both make us laugh and bring a bit of true depth and meaning out of both complex and comically simple situations, especially now that he's been doing so for nearly 20 years.
Family Guy Dog Name Considerations
Movies - and television shows especially - provide ample fodder for coming up with a creative, fun, and suitable name for your dog. Considering that Family Guy is now over 300 episodes deep with nearly the same number of characters, if not more, the possibilities are vast to say the least, leaving potential dog-namers the option to go with either the big scope of a tenured character or someone who stood out from a single episode.
Of course, none of that is even counting the fact that you can play off of your dog’s breed type, personality or looks to match them to the name of an appropriate character and name. If you want to play off of their breed type, a good example would be naming your Irish Wolfhound Francis after Francis Griffin, who has a strong Irish heritage, and you can play on multiple levels if they are also grey and ornery (also like Francis).
As far as their personality, a good example would be naming your dog Stewie if they are a small, highly-intelligent troublemaker, or Quagmire if they tend to get a little too affectionate. Looks can work in a similar way, as most characters have strong characteristics to play off of as well. If you have an orange-colored Tibetan Mastiff or Chow, Mickey would be a great name, especially if your dog has a considerable beard.
Whatever you choose, don’t be afraid to do some research and watch a few episodes. There are literally enough characters and anecdotes from the show to name a few hundred dogs, so start with your favorite episodes and go from there.