Snoopy is the famous character from Charles Schultz’s Peanuts cartoon. If you love newspaper cartoons, you probably have come across Snoopy. It’s hard not to. He’s almost unavoidable. When Charles Schultz first came up with Snoopy in the 1950s, Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the whole Peanuts gang were just random cartoon characters. They’re one of a dozen because there were many cartoon characters coming out at that time.
However, the Peanuts series basically withstood the test of time. In fact, it grew in popularity as time went on. It doesn’t matter whether Americans were reading Peanuts cartoons or Vietnamese or Chinese or Russians, it’s like everybody just fell in love with the whole Peanuts series.
There’s just something about the plot line as well as the overall concept behind Peanuts that most people from almost all cultures and all backgrounds and all experiences can relate to.
One of the seminal figures from that series that is almost universally recognizable is Snoopy. There’s just something about this dog and the way he is designed and the way he looks that just really appeals to the five-year-old kid in you that constantly begged his mom to buy him a puppy.
There’s just something about Snoopy and, for the longest time, people were kind of debating what breed Snoopy is and if it was even wise to designate a breed for such a lovable dog. The idea was that since Snoopy is so lovable, then it would really be doing a big disservice to other breeds of dog to designate one particular bleed over another.
Eventually, the word got out. Snoopy is a beagle. If you know anything about beagles, they’re a very interesting breed. In a way, the typical beagle reflects Snoopy’s temperament but, in many ways, it doesn’t.
You have to understand how beagles came about. Beagles were originally bred for fox hunts in England. I’m not talking about just two guys going out with shotguns out in the forest to get themselves some foxes. We’re talking about elaborate, well-orchestrated affairs.
There were usually fifty beagle hounds and then several people on horseback. Somebody would blow a horn and one of the assistants of the fox hunt would release the fox. The idea is that all the beagles would chase down the fox and, eventually, tear it to pieces or direct enough attention so one of the hunters can shoot it to death. I know, lovely, right?
It is no surprise that given the brutal ending of most fox hunts and the usual process that they go through, fox hunting in England has been banned. It is deemed cruel in the modern age. This shouldn’t be a surprise because in many parts of the world, animal deaths sports that used to be completely accepted are now considered brutal, vicious, and savage. In fact, a lot of people use the word “uncivilized” for these.
If you need examples, in England alone, they used to have bear-baiting. In other words, they would have a dog that would bait a bear and then the bear would get upset and then eventually the bear gets killed.
In other parts of Europe, they also had bullfights. Now, in certain parts of the world, bullfights are still completely legal are still regularly held.
Also, a lot of Westerners take exception to cockfighting. This is where people get a little sensitive because, in many parts of the world, cockfighting is a distinct part of the culture. It is also a great gambling event.
Going back to Snoopy, his breed is not exactly something that you would associate with everything that is clean, wholesome, and peaceful in the world. In fact, it’s anything but. It is vicious; it is violent; and it’s filled with blood – fox blood to be exact.
Another thing that you need to understand about beagles is since they are bred to isolate foxes, they need a way to communicate this isolation and it is no surprise that their bark is considered annoying by a lot of people.
If you haven’t had a beagle, you have another thing coming when you take care of a beagle puppy and it grows up into a beagle dog. Its bark is very distinctive because it is loud and it has been bred to get a tremendous amount of attention when it barks. A lot of people think that its bark is nasty; it’s hard on the ears. Other people think that it’s just fine.
Make sure that if you are thinking of getting a pet that is the same breed as Snoopy, the famous character from Charles Schultz’s Peanuts cartoon that you wrap your mind around these facts. As cute as Snoopy is and as storied his history may be, please understand that the beagle breed does carry some baggage.
This is not a slam on beagles. I’m not hating on them. In fact, I think they look awesome. Who can argue with that great combination of brown, dark brown, black, and white colors? However, you have to know what you’re getting into. This is why given the loud bark of a beagle and its high energy and temperament, a lot of people don’t recommended for homes with small children.
Also, as cute and snuggly as beagles can be, they can also get aggressive all of a sudden. Again, this is where their traditional bloodline comes in. Remember, these animals were originally bred for a bloodsport-ferreting out and hounding and killing a fox.
Beagles literally have hundreds of years of selective breeding (along with its behavioral consequences) baked into their behavior. While they make for great drug interdiction dogs or bomb sniffing hounds, having them around kids or family members might be a bit of a stretch.
I’m not saying they are impossible to keep as pet companions. No one’s saying that. Instead, all I’m saying is that you have to go out of your way to accommodate them. You have to be ready for them.