Snoopy is known by everyone. He is the famous cartoon dog, a beagle, in the beloved comic strip Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz.
Snoopy is Charlie Brown's pet dog, but he is more than a dog. Much more. Snoopy is always there when Charlie Brown needs him, but he also gets up to his own tricks. For instance, his adventures battling the Red Baron from his doghouse are legendary in the annals of television animation.
Snoopy derives from Spike, one of Schulz's childhood dogs. His birthday is August 10. He came to life in a comic strip drawn by Charles M. Schulz on 4 October 1950, just two days after Peanuts first appeared. The name 'Snoopy' comes from the Norwegian word 'Snuppe,' which sounds pretty similar and was a favorite of Charles M. Schulz' mother.
At first, Snoopy was not even Charlie Brown's dog - he was owned by some unknown third party. Eventually, though, Charlie's parents bought Snoopy for him from the local 'Daisy Hill Puppy Farm,' and a legend was born.
Snoopy has many extraordinary abilities. He acts in various anthropmorphic ways, such as wearing sunglasss and tee shirts and the like. However, those are rare occasions, and usually he can be found back at his doghouse, waiting for Charlie Brown to come and commiserate. At times, such as in 'You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown' and 'Snoopy!!! The Musical,' someone else verbalizes his thoughts, though he doesn't outright speak. He also writes novels, or at least tries to. It is best to say that Snoopy sometimes forgets that he is a dog, but indeed he is a dog. However, when he does forget, it is no picnic - he invariably gets shot down in more ways than one.
Snoopy's doghouse is almost as iconic as he is. It is probably the single most memorable location in the Peanuts universe, and perhaps in all of comics. There is a recurrent theme of warfare surrounding the doghouse, as Snoopy uses it as a plane (a Sopwith Camel, to be precise) to battle the Red Baron (exactly why he is battling the Red Baron is not very clear), and there also is a little-seen cat next door, named World War II, who sometimes attacks the doghouse.
Snoopy's legend goes even further than that. He became a mascot of NASA's Apollo Program, and the Apollo 10 lunar module was named after him. Charles M. Schulz himself even drew some artwork for NASA and was a huge supporter of the space program. Snoopy also is seen in various other government roles, such as on a postage stamp and as nose art on various military aircraft.