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What kind of dog was Toto?

(Last Updated On: 31/05/2017)

What kind of dog was Toto?

What kind of dog was toto or specifically, which breed it belonged to was always a question that came into the mind of L.Frank Baum’s Oz series of books.
Toto is a fictional dog in L. Frank Baum’s Oz series of children’s books and other works associated with it. Toto was originally drawn as a small terrier by W. W. Denslow and was a part of the sequels too. In the books, Toto belonged the to heroine Dorothy Gale and remained speechless at first, despite other animals having the ability to speak. Later, he could talk as well.

According to the author, Toto is described as  “a little black dog (male although he was played by a female dog in the movie) with long silky hair and small black eyes that twinkled merrily on either side of his funny, wee nose”. It is with the help of this description and the illustrations that Toto has been determined as a Cairn Terrier. Even though it was a popular belief that Toto is a Yorkshire Terrier, the former stuck through.

The Cairn Terrier is one of the oldest of the terrier breeds, originating in the Scottish Highlands and recognized as one of Scotland’s earliest working dogs. The breed was given the name Cairn, because the breed’s function was to hunt and chase quarry between the cairns in the Scottish highlands. These dogs are very active, and do not necessarily need a big outdoor area to play around. They are very easily trained, especially in dog training centres they can learn very quickly how to hunt. Teaching a Cairn terrier tricks is also a clever way to direct their active energy into acceptable controlled dog games.

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