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Snoopy sleeps on top of his doghouse.

Snoopy himself had become a character so unlike a dog that he could no longer inhabit a real doghouse.
~ Charles M. Schulz[1]

Snoopy's doghouse is where Snoopy lives. It is located in the Brown house's backyard, and is where Snoopy usually sleeps.



First appearance of Snoopy's doghouse in the strip from September 4, 1951.


Snoopy has had television installed in the strip from November 19, 1951.


Snoopy first sleeps on top of his doghouse in the strip from December 12, 1958.


The secret of Snoopy's ears revealed in the strip from April 29, 1963.

Snoopy's doghouse was first shown on September 4, 1951. It appeared again on November 19, 1951, when Snoopy first got television. In these earlier days of the strip, Snoopy treated it more like a normal doghouse. He would be seen sleeping in the archway. However, on December 12, 1958, Snoopy slept on top of his doghouse, rather than inside it, for the first time. Thereafter, Snoopy was seldom seen to venture inside the doghouse, except to retrieve something, instead spending the bulk of his time sitting or lying on its gable roof. One strip ascribed Snoopy's ability to sleep there to his long floppy ears, which—like the feet of a perching bird – "lock" him to the top so that he does not fall. After a while of Snoopy sleeping on top of his doghouse, it just seems normal to him. In the strip from January 27, 1963, Linus even suggests for Snoopy to sleep inside of it, when Snoopy was cold at night, but everyone thought that was the most ridiculous thing they had ever heard.

At this point, the side view of the doghouse became standard in the strip, which allowed the imagination of Schulz (and Snoopy) to expand this dwelling beyond the limits of a normal doghouse. The house's most unusual feature is that it has an enormous inside. Either the entrance leads to an expansive basement with a few other rooms and ample storage space or the inside is a fourth-dimensional tesseract space. Either way the inside is much larger than the outside and contains many objects.

Although normally Snoopy is the only one who lives in his doghouse, Woodstock and his friends stay with him, occasionally. Some other characters have stayed in the doghouse as well. In a storyline from September and October 1973, Peppermint Patty moves in to what she thinks is Chuck's guest cottage, because she needs a place to stay while her father is away. Linus chooses to move into the doghouse, although he calls it Joe Cool's dorm, as part of a May 1972 storyline in which Lucy throws him out of their home.



Strip from January 31, 1954.

Snoopy's doghouse is much bigger on the inside than it is on the outside. This was first shown on January 31, 1954.

The doghouse contains or has had attached the following:

In the television special It's Magic, Charlie Brown we see an interior of Snoopy's doghouse which includes a room with exercise equipment, sports equipment, lockers, awards and trophies; and a lab with a bunsen burner, flasks and distillation equipment.

In the movie A Boy Named Charlie Brown, Snoopy brings two speakers from his doghouse. In the movie Snoopy, Come Home, he brings toy shovels, a radio, some foods, sunscreen, blanket, a bucket, coca-cola, a cup, a basket, slippers, a kettle, a glasses, a hat and a surfboard from the doghouse.



Snoopy escapes from his doghouse in the nick of time in the strip from February 13, 1960.

Snoopy's doghouse has been destroyed and rebuilt several times.

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  1. Charles M. Schulz., & M. Thomas Inge. (2010). "My Life with Charlie Brown", p158, University Press of Mississippi; Illustrated edition