Snoopy is a fictional character, the pet beagle of Charlie Brown in the comic strip Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz. He can also be found in all of the Peanuts movies and television specials. Since his debut on October 4, 1950, Snoopy has become one of the most recognizable and iconic characters in the comic strip and is considered more famous than Charlie Brown in other countries. The original drawings of Snoopy were inspired by Spike, one of Schulz’s childhood dogs.
Snoopy is a loyal, imaginative and good-natured beagle who is prone to imagining fantasy lives, including being an author, a college student known as “Joe Cool”, an attorney and a British World War I flying ace. Snoopy can be selfish, gluttonous and lazy at times, and occasionally mocks his owner, Charlie Brown. But on the whole, he shows great love, care, and loyalty for his owner (even though he cannot even remember his name and always refers to him as “The Round-Headed Kid”).
Snoopy imagines himself to speak, but never actually does, other than nonverbal sounds and occasionally uttering “Woof”. His very articulate thoughts are shown in thought balloons. In the animated Peanuts films and television specials, Snoopy’s thoughts are not verbalized. His moods are instead conveyed through moans, yelps, growls, sobs, laughter, and monosyllabic utterances such as “bleah” or “hey” as well as through pantomime. Snoopy’s doghouse defies physics and is shown to be bigger on the inside than the outside.