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He might have been just an eight-year-old animated labrador to some, but to devotees of the show, Brian Griffin was top dog in the world of cartoon canines and will be sorely missed

Of all the world's many talking cartoon dogs (think: Deputy Dawg, Hong Kong Phooey, Roobarb from Roobarb and Custard), Brian Griffin was the most sophisticated. The beloved labrador from the Us cartoon series Family Guy could walk upright, spoke French and a little Spanish, was a Mensa member, could order drinks ("Hey, bar- keep? Whose leg do you have to hump to get a dry martini around here?" became his catchphrase), drove a Prius with the licence plate Bri-dog, was on the electoral roll (he voted, damn him, McCain in 2012) and dug John Coltrane. He even had a credit card, proving that banks are still unfit to decide their own lending parameters.

Few humans could rival Brian's accomplishments. »

- Stuart Jeffries

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