Snoopy is Charlie Brown’s pet beagle in the comic strip Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz. Snoopy has become one of the most recognizable and iconic characters in the comic strip. The original drawings of Snoopy were inspired by Spike, one of Schulz’s childhood dogs.
He debuted in the strip on October 4, 1950. Snoopy is a loyal, innocent, imaginative and good-natured beagle who is prone to imagining fantasy lives, including being an author, a college student known as “Joe Cool” and a World War I flying ace. He is perhaps best known in this last alternate persona, wearing an aviator’s helmet and goggles and a scarf while carrying a swagger stick. Snoopy can be selfish and/or lazy at times, and had his share of moments where he is mocking his owner, Charlie Brown, but through it all, he has shown great love, care, and loyalty for his owner. Snoopy imagines himself to speak, but never actually does; much like with real life animals, the human characters are unaware of his musings.