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Toto - Faithful little black dog that debuted in L. Frank Baum's classic children's novel "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" (1900). Toto belonged to Dorothy Gale, a young girl from Kansas who traveled over the rainbow to a wondrous fantasy land known as Oz.

Judy Garland as Dorothy Gale with her dog, Toto - THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939)
Dorothy Gale with her dog, Toto

In the original novel, Toto was described as "a little black dog with long silky hair." Toto was later redrawn as a Boston Bull dog by illustrator John R. Neil in "Road to Oz" (1909) and in subsequent Oz books.

"It was Toto that made Dorothy laugh, and saved her from growing as gray as her other surroundings. Toto was not gray; he was a little black dog, with long silky hair and small black eyes that twinkled merrily on either side of his funny, wee nose. Toto played all day long, and Dorothy played with him, and loved him dearly."

- The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Chapter One)

In the classic film adaptation The Wizard of Oz (1939) starring Judy Garland. Toto was depicted as a cairn terrier (played by Terry the dog). In the movie Return To Oz (1985), Toto was played by a Border Terrier.

Toto the dog, resurfaced in the animated children's program entitled THE WIZARD OF OZ/ABC/1990. In the 2005 made-for TV-movie The Muppets' Wizard of Oz,  Pepe the Prawn (he's not a shrimp) appeared as Toto.

Book Illustration with Toto - THE WIZARD OF OZ
Toto - Oz Book Illustration


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