Schulz originally planned to call him "Sniffy", but found out that name was used in a different comic strip. Lila was Snoopy's owner before Charlie Brown. In some strips, Lucy goes to Snoopy for help, such as in the April 16,  strip, wherein a jealous Lucy and Frieda are beating each other up at Schroeder's piano, Lucy ends up winning, and shakes hands with Snoopy in the end, looking slightly injured.
In the early days, it was unclear who was the owner of Snoopy. It was not necessarily Charlie Brown. However, other early strips show Snoopy in Charlie Brown's room at night, as he is going to sleep. It seems that in the early days of the strip, Snoopy was an ownerless dog who played with the various children. As the years went by, Snoopy began to interact with Charlie Brown more often than the other children. It is eventually shown that Snoopy's doghouse is in Charlie Brown's backyard, and Charlie Brown is responsible for feeding him.
Snoopy has some little bird friends , the most loyal of which is Woodstock. The eight puppies were born at the Daisy Hill Puppy Farm before being separated. Snoopy has recalled his family going to the Daisy Hill Puppy Farm's chapel every day, and being part of a fifty-beagle choir. He also taught Sunday school there, a fact Charlie Brown sometimes forgets. He went to school at the Ace Obedience School. According to a series of comic strips from August and the movie, Snoopy Come Home , at an early age, Snoopy was taken in by a girl named Lila , but when she was unable to keep him, he was returned to the farm, where Charlie Brown picked him up.
This fact came to light when Lila was in the hospital and wrote to Snoopy, asking him to come and visit her. Linus did some research and learned of this, sharing his information with Charlie Brown when Snoopy returned. Snoopy appears to like Charlie Brown. Once when Charlie Brown came home from camp, Snoopy made a welcome home banner and was waiting outside Charlie Brown's house with cake.
However, the banner said, "Welcome home, Round-headed Kid. According to a series of strips from August 7 to August 10, , Snoopy's birthday is August Snoopy is loyal, funny, imaginative and good-natured.
He is also a genuinely happy dog. However, Snoopy just thinks Lucy is jealous because she is not capable of being as happy as he is. The only thing that truly upsets him is a lack of supper. Snoopy, being a dog, has a strong hatred of cats, often making rude remarks to the cat next door Who usually attacks him and destroys his doghouse and in one series of strips writes stories for a magazine which just point out that cats are stupider than, and inferior to, dogs.
However, Snoopy has on occasions tried to be nice to the cat next door, but their relationship always remains antagonistic. Snoopy loves root beer and pizza, hates coconut candy and listening to balloons being squeezed, gets claustrophobia in tall weeds, and is deathly afraid of icicles dangling over his doghouse.
One of his hobbies is reading Leo Tolstoy's epic novel War and Peace at the rate of "a word a day". Snoopy also has the uncanny ability to play fetch with soap bubbles and can hear someone eating marshmallows or cookies at a distance, or even peeling a banana. He claims to hear chocolate chip cookies calling him. Snoopy is also capable of disappearing, like the Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland , as shown in a series of strips "Grins are easy.
Ears are almost impossible. Snoopy also loves sleeping and being lazy - a trait which often annoys Frieda. Snoopy often lies on top of his doghouse and sleeps, sometimes all day long.
In one strip, Charlie Brown refers to him as a "hunting dog", because he always hunts for the easy way out of life. The first appearance of Snoopy in the Peanuts comic strip from October 4, In the very early years of Peanuts , Snoopy behaved much like an average, everyday pet. Gradually, however, he became more like a human than a dog. Snoopy was a silent character during the first two years of the strip, but he eventually verbalized his thoughts to readers for the first time in a thought balloon on May 27, Schulz moved Snoopy's sleeping location from inside his doghouse to the rooftop.
Preceding that, Snoopy gradually changed from being a quadrupedal dog to a bipedal, anthropomorphic character, like typical cartoon animals. On April 12, , Snoopy first appeared as the shortstop on Charlie Brown's baseball team , although he had appeared playing baseball since April 6, The idea of the baseball team being so bad that one of its players was a dog was a long-running gag in the comic strip. On June 28, , Snoopy was taught by Charlie Brown how to walk on his hind legs.
This bipedal gait soon became so commonplace as to be almost unnoticeable. As the strip progressed, Snoopy became a much more human-like dog. His character is that of a dog who thinks he is a person or who sometimes forgets he is a dog. In one strip, Sally has to do a report on animals for school and requests Snoopy's help. But Snoopy is reluctant, saying, "How can I help? I don't know any animals. List of Snoopy's alter egos. Snoopy has done many impressions over the years. His earliest impression that of a bird was seen on August 9, Starting on November 17, , his impressions began to be somewhat prominent: He would also pretend to be other animals, including a snake, rhinoceros, lion, and vulture.
But his eccentricities did not stop there. When assuming this personality, Snoopy dons goggles, a flying helmet and a scarf, and climbs on top of his doghouse which he claims is a Sopwith Camel. He calls his imaginary enemy the Red Baron. Another well-known imaginary role is " Joe Cool ", in which Snoopy puts on a "cool" look by putting on sunglasses and leaning against a wall doing nothing.
He also imagined himself as an astronaut , claiming to be the first beagle on the moon in his delusional dreams. Charlie Brown and Snoopy's relationship. Snoopy is Charlie Brown 's dog. He and Charlie Brown both like each other, but sometimes it seems like Snoopy does not appreciate Charlie Brown.
He is perhaps best known in this last persona, wearing an aviator's helmet and goggles and a scarf while carrying a swagger stick like a stereotypical British Army officer of World War I and II. 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".
In the s comic strips, he is obsessed with cookies. All of his fantasies have a similar formula: Snoopy pretends to be something, usually "world famous", and fails. His short "novels" are never published, and his Sopwith Camel is consistently shot down by his imaginary rival enemy, the German flying ace the " Red Baron ".
Schulz said of Snoopy's character in a interview: Otherwise, he leads kind of a dull, miserable life. I don't envy dogs the lives they have to live. Snoopy imagines himself to speak, but never actually does, other than moans and yipping yelps and sniveling crying; the human characters are unaware of his intellectual musings. Very rarely, he talks, but usually to himself. 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.
His dialogue, however, is not "heard" by the other characters except Woodstock the bird and other non-human characters. Snoopy's doghouse defies physics and is shown to be bigger on the inside than the outside. It is usually shown in a side view, so you cannot see the inside, except for the May 8, comic strip in the second frame.
Snoopy appeared on the October 4, , strip, two days after the first strip. He was called Snoopy for the first time a month later, on November On March 16, ,  his thoughts were first shown in a thought balloon. Snoopy first appeared upright on his hind legs on January 9, , when he was shown ice-skating across a frozen lake. Despite his history of conflicted loyalties, his constant disrespect for Charlie Brown, and his inability to remember his name he refers to him as "that round-headed kid" , Snoopy has shown both love and loyalty to his owner.
When Charlie Brown has to stop dedicating himself to making Snoopy happy, Snoopy replies, "Don't worry about it. I was already happy. In early Peanuts strips, Charlie Brown was not Snoopy's owner as seen in the February 2, , strip , and it was initially not clear who his owner actually was.
The September 29, strip implied that Snoopy was owned by Shermy. Charlie Brown was first portrayed as being responsible for Snoopy in the strips of November 1 and 3, ; it was not until September 1, that Snoopy was specifically said to be Charlie Brown's dog. In the September 20, strip, Charlie Brown comments that he once told Snoopy to "stay" and "he never went home. These actions occasionally result in Lucy hurting Snoopy. Despite their rivalry toward each other, each seems to care for the other: In some strips, Lucy goes to Snoopy for help, such as in the April 16,  strip, wherein a jealous Lucy and Frieda are beating each other up at Schroeder's piano, Lucy ends up winning, and shakes hands with Snoopy in the end, looking slightly injured.
Snoopy also commandeers Lucy's psychiatric booth either in her absence or when she ends up being the one needing help. Snoopy often tries to steal Linus' blanket, leading to slapstick fights and wild chases in which Snoopy often wins. Lila was Snoopy's owner before Charlie Brown. Snoopy visits her in the film Snoopy, Come Home and struggles to decide whether to stay with Charlie Brown or go back to Lila. Lila eventually convinces him to leave Charlie Brown so he can live with her again.
Peppermint Patty often refers to Snoopy as a "funny looking kid with a big nose", unaware that he is a beagle. In one instance, she has him serve as her attorney in a case involving the school dress code. In the March 21, , strip, Marcie tells Peppermint Patty that Snoopy is a beagle, finally resulting in her realizing his true identity. Snoopy serves as Peppermint Patty's watchdog several times.
She is one of the few girls who does not get disgusted after being kissed by him. Like Lucy, Sally does not care that much for Snoopy and often calls him a stupid beagle.
Sally usually complains when her big brother asks her to feed Snoopy whenever he is away from home. While she is still an infant, Sally has a friendly and playful relationship with Snoopy. In later years, Sally occasionally enlists Snoopy's help in school assignments. She even treats him to an ice cream cone a very tall ice cream cone, with scoops of about a dozen flavors when Snoopy helps her get an "A" on a report about "Our Animal Friends".
In one story line, Sally uses Snoopy as a "weapon" to help protect her from bullies on the playground Snoopy barks loudly at anyone who threatens Sally, leading Snoopy to comment, "I feel like a can of mace! Schroeder does not mind much when Snoopy sits against his toy piano, except when Snoopy dances on top of the piano, much to Schroeder's annoyance.
He also sometimes plays with the notes coming from the piano. Rerun, the youngest child character in the strip, plays with Snoopy sometimes. In some strips, Rerun and Snoopy are playing cards with each other, both of them clueless on how to play. Snoopy is usually depicted as having seven siblings, five of whom appear at some point in the strip: Andy, Belle, Marbles, Olaf, and Spike.
They were born at the Daisy Hill Puppy Farm. Most often seen is Spike, who lives a hermit-like existence in the desert, near the real-life location of Needles, California. Woodstock is Snoopy's best friend and sidekick. He is a small, yellow bird of indeterminate species.
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