Snoopy was supposed to be called Sniffy, and he was based on a dog named Spike
Spike eventually made his way into the 'Peanuts' world, as Snoopy's long-lost brother!
Most of us know Snoopy as the lovable, emotional, funny and lazy beagle from the iconic comic strip Peanuts. It's widely known creator Charles Schulz based the Peanuts characters either on himself, in several variations, or those that were close to him.
Snoopy initially wasn't the face of the Peanuts franchise, and it took time for the animated pup to catch on and develop that mind of his own we know and love today.
Today Snoopy is known as Charlie Brown's pet and as one of the staple members of the Peanuts gang, though his road to stardom wasn't as smooth as it may seem.
The black and white dog wasn't introduced in the first Peanuts comic strip. He made his first appearance "on October 4, 1950, two days after the comic strip's debut," according to History.com.
Furthermore, Snoopy wasn't originally going to be named Snoopy. Schulz originally wanted to name the dog of the comic strip Sniffy. The story goes the name Sniffy was already taken by another cartoon dog. Schulz landed on Snoopy after his mother said the next family dog would be named Snoopy.
Finally, a name for the Peanuts pup was set. It was the only thing holding up Snoopy's eventual debut in the comic strip, as Schulz already knew what the dog would look like.
According to a Knight-Ridder news service newspaper article from 2000, "the real inspiration for Snoopy was another [Schulz] family dog, Spike, a black-and-white mixed breed."
If you're thinking you've heard Spike and the Peanuts gang in the same sentence before, you'd be right! Schulz's family dog eventually made his way into the Peanuts universe.
"Schulz eventually gave Spike's name to Snoopy's scruffy long-lost brother."
Spike first appeared in a comic strip in 1975, surfacing after sending Snoopy a note in a previous strip. Snoopy's brother wears a hat, has long whiskers and is thinner since he lives with a pack of coyotes that don't like sharing food.
Spike is the main character of It's the Girl in the Red Truck, Charlie Brown, a 1988 hybrid animation/live-action TV film that sees Charles Schulz's daughter, Jill, star as Jenny.