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What Kind of Dog Is Snoopy?

By Aviram K.
Published in Dog Breeds
January 19, 2021
1 min read

Snoopy from the famous Peanuts comic strip is a beagle.

Snoopy was actually not intended to be a beagle in the beginning. Charles M. Shultz, the creator of Peanuts, based Snoopy on one of his childhood dogs named Spike, who died not long after Shultz returned from World War II.

However, Spike wasn’t a beagle but rather a pointer-hound mix and looked somewhat similar to a beagle.

In an interview, Shultz said the following:

“I patterned Snoopy in appearance after a dog I had when I was about 13 years old. His name was Spike, and he looked a little bit like the original Snoopy. But Snoopy didn’t start off being a beagle. It’s just that ‘beagle’ is a funny word.”

A beagle, like Snoopy.
A beagle, like Snoopy.

There were a couple references to Snoopy being a Beagle in the comic strip itself. Here’s one example:

Snoopy was handed a book about beagles and claimed: “My people!”. Credit to Charles M. Schulz Museum @ Facebook
Snoopy was handed a book about beagles and claimed: “My people!”. Credit to Charles M. Schulz Museum @ Facebook


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