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"It was Toto that made Dorothy laugh, and saved her from growing as grey as her other surroundings. Toto was not grey; 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 (1900)
"My little black dog, named Toto, has traveled with me to Oz several times, and he's never said a single word but 'Bow-wow'! I've never suspected Toto was fooling me all this time." Said Dorothy. So Dorothy bent down before her dog and said "Toto, haven't I always been good to you?" Toto looked up at her with his bright black eyes and wagged his tail. "Bow-wow!" he said, and the little girl knew at once that meant yes. "But that's a dog answer," said Dorothy. "How would you like it, Toto, if I said nothing to you but 'Bow-wow'?" Toto's tail was wagging furiously now, but he still kept silent. "I've just learned from Princess Ozma, that you can say actual words--if you want to, any animal who comes to the magical Land of Oz is given the ability to speak words, and you Toto, are no different. Don't you want to, Toto?" "Woof!" said Toto, and that meant no. "Not just one word, Toto, to prove you're as any other animal in Oz?" Dorothy Pleaded. "Woof!" "Just one word, Toto--and then you can go and play all day." Toto looked up at his little mistress steadily, and in a moment froze. "All right. Here I go!" he said, and darted away as swift as an arrow. Dorothy clasped her hands in delight. "
Tik-Tok of Oz (1914)
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Toto
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Gender Male
Species Cairn Terrier
Residence Kansas, Emerald City, Royal Palace of Oz
Affiliation L. Frank Baum, Dorothy Gale, Uncle Henry, Aunt Em, Cyclone, Land of Oz, Good Witch of the North, Munchkins, Yellow Brick Road, Scarecrow, Tin Woodman, Cowardly Lion, Wizard, Glinda, Princess Ozma, Boq, Kalidahs, Poppies, Field Mice, Billina, Jellia Jamb Wicked Witch of the West, Winkies, Winged Monkeys, Fighting Trees, Hammer-Heads, China Country, Deadly Desert
First Appearance The Wonderful Wizard of Oz


"Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore."
Dorothy Gale (1939)
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The very first Illustration of Toto By W. W. Denslow. (1900)

And Toto Too!

Toto (properly pronounced Toe-Toe) is a fictional dog created by L. Frank Baum, author and creator of the Oz legacy. He serves strictly as an animal sidekick who makes his debut appearance in Baum's first Oz book titled The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, published in 1900 and is introduced in the first chapter of the novel titled The Cyclone. Toto is the beloved pet dog and loyal companion of Dorothy Gale, the book's main heroine and child protagonist. He lived with his owner Dorothy who was an adolescent orphan raised by her two guardians; Aunt Em and Uncle Henry, on a small and poverty stricken farm upon the sunbaked Kansas prairies in circa 1899-1900. Toto was Dorothy's only friend and sole source of happiness and would play with Dorothy all day, everyday and keep her company on the lonely, isolated farmland. Because of his friendly and energetic nature, Toto stopped his little mistress from sharing the same bleak fates as the adults in her life who are described as being joyless and gray.

  • In the days of the old west, early settlers on vast lonely praries ofen relied on pets to keep them company. Toto was a popular name for dogs in the nineteenth century. In France, it is also a common nickname ofen given for little boys.

Blame It On Toto!

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"Toto jumped out of Dorothy's arms and hid under her bed, and the girl started to get him. Aunt Em, badly frightened, threw open the trap door in the floor and climbed down the ladder into the small, dark hole. Dorothy caught Toto at last, and started to follow her aunt. When she was halfway across the room there came a great shriek from the wind, and the house shook so hard that she lost her footing and sat down suddenly upon the floor. A strange thing then happened. The house whirled around two or three times and rose slowly through the air. Dorothy felt as if she were going up in a balloon..."
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900)

Toto is to blame as to why he and Dorothy were swept away to the Land of Oz. If he hadn't scrambled under her bed to escape the horrid sound of the cyclone that hit the farm, then she would have been fast enough to reach the storm cellar in time and found safety. And life would have went on as it always did. If it we're not for him, she would have never known the huge gap that would have been left in her life. As she'd remain just another orphaned country girl.

"It was very dark, and the wind howled horribly around her, but Dorothy found she was riding quite easily. After the first few whirls around, and one other time when the house tipped badly, she felt as if she were being rocked gently, like a baby in a cradle. Toto did not like it. He ran about the room, now here, now there, barking loudly; but Dorothy sat quite still on the floor and waited to see what would happen..."
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900)
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Dorothy caught Toto by the ear.

  • In the book, when the cyclone picks up the farmhouse, Toto accidentally falls out of the house and into the heart of the storm but somehow doesn't fall. Since he was levitating in mid air, he was floating by the same type of power that was holding up the farmhouse. Both the establishment and the dog were subject to the same strong forces of gravitation that gave them identical motions. Dorothy herself, most likely floated around inside the house as if she was an astronaut in outer space floating with no gravity, becoming weightless. Although Baum does not specifically say that this happened to her, realistically speaking, it is very possible that it did accure when the cyclone transports her, Toto, and the house to Oz if such a peculiar thing could happen.
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Toto!

"Once Toto got too near the open trap door and fell in; and at first the girl thought she had lost him. But soon she saw one of his ears sticking up through the hole, for the strong pressure of the air was keeping him up so that he could not fall. She crept to the hole, caught Toto by the ear, and dragged him into the room again, afterward closing the trap door so that no more accidents could happen..."
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900)

Baums' Description

Glinda: "Oh, well is that the Witch?" Dorothy Gale: "Who, Toto? Toto's my dog..." -The Wizard of Oz (1939)

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Terry as Toto with Judy Garland as Dorothy on the Kansas farm 1939

Toto is described to be very small in size, very dark or completely all black with gray or brown highlights. In most illustrations he is seen as a Yorkshire or Cairn Terrier. He has long silky hair and big black eyes that twinkle merrily on either side of his funny, wee nose. He is a very well behaved dog who's specifically trained for being a outside farm pet that is rather brave, and hiyper despite his small size. Toto is indeed a little "spark-plug", full of innocent mischief and play. In the sequel Oz books Baum says Toto chases all the chickens around the farm for fun. Yet he is always portrayed as a genuine, friendly, and an attractive animal, one whom wouldn't deliberately hurt even the smallest creature or insect. He loves his little mistress Dorothy very much and stays loyal to her always. Toto is a sweet and smart dog but will growl at or even bite anyone who tries to harm Dorothy as he seems at times rather protective over the girl when threatened. And Dorothy is very protective over her dog as well.

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Toto in Legends of Oz

  • Interestingly, after moving to Oz permanently, it is revealed in Baum's eighth Oz book titled Tik-Tok of Oz, published in 1914, that Toto could talk. Since Oz is located in an enchanted realm filled with real magic, Toto had the ability to speak the entire time, even in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. When he came to Oz the first time while aloft in the Kansas cyclone with his mistress Dorothy, he was given the ability to say actual words. Yet Toto simply prefers to only bark as he is so used to using barking as his way of communicating instead of speaking human words or sentences like all the other animals in Oz. Toto also chose not to talk so that he didn't lead on. Thus throwing people off, and gaining valuable clues and information in chaotic or stressful situations from those who underestimated his intelligence and did not think he could repeat back to others what was or had been said.

Oz History: Toto The Dog From Kansas

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Dorothy and Toto in Kansas by Charles Santore

One day in Kansas, a big storm came and brought a deadly cyclone with it. The cyclone struck the farmland and the winds of the storm swept up the farmhouse with Toto and Dorothy aloft. They were both taken across a vast Deadly Desert and all the way to the magical Land of Oz. When Dorothy began her journey on the Yellow Brick Road, to see the Wizard who could help her return home again, Toto accompanied his little mistress and loyally followed her to Emerald City where the Wizard lived.

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Toto and Emerald City (1900)

"They walked back to the road. Dorothy helped him over the fence, and they started along the path of yellow brick for the Emerald City. Toto did not like this addition to the party, at first. He smelled around the stuffed man as if he suspected there might be a nest of rats in the straw, and he often growled in an unfriendly way at the Scarecrow. "Don't mind Toto," said Dorothy, to her new friend. "He never bites." "Oh, I'm not afraid," replied the Scarecrow. "He can't hurt the straw.""
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900)

At first he was suspicious of her new friends whom she met in Oz, the Scarecrow, Tin Woodman and Cowardly Lion but came to get along with them very well. After many adventures including barely escaping the fierce beast known as Kalidahs, being put asleep by poison poppies and getting imprisoned by the Wicked Witch of the West who made Dorothy and the Cowardly Lion her slaves to work in her castle, it seemed like they would never get home.

  • In the book, Toto even shows how brave he can be.
"The girl had to work hard during the day, and often the Witch threatened to beat her with the same old umbrella she always carried in her hand. But, in truth, she did not dare to strike Dorothy, because of the mark upon her forehead. The child did not know this, and was full of fear for herself and Toto. Once the Witch struck Toto a blow with her umbrella and the brave little dog flew at her and bit her leg, in return. The Witch did not bleed where she was bitten, for she was so wicked that the blood in her had dried up many years before..."
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900)
  • It is said in the book that Toto didn't care rather he lived in Oz forever. But because Dorothy was so unhappy away from Aunt Em, this made Toto unhappy too.
"Dorothy's life became very sad as she grew to understand that it would be harder than ever to get back to Kansas and Aunt Em again. Sometimes she would cry bitterly for hours, with Toto sitting at her feet and looking into her face, whining dismally to show how sorry he was for his little mistress. Toto did not really care whether he was in Kansas or the Land of Oz so long as Dorothy was with him; but he knew the little girl was unhappy, and that made him unhappy too..."
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900)

In the end, and after the Wizard was discovered as a humbug, Dorothy eventually learns from Glinda the beautiful Good Witch of the south about her magic Silver Shoes, (Ruby Slippers in the 1939 movie) that she had been wearing since her arrival in Oz. The shoes allowed her and Toto to return to Kansas again after knocking the heels together exactly three times.

"Aunt Em had just come out of the house to water the cabbages when she looked up and saw Dorothy running toward her. "My darling child!" she cried, folding the little girl in her arms and covering her face with kisses. "Where in the world did you come from?" "From the Land of Oz," said Dorothy gravely. "And here is Toto too. And oh, Aunt Em! I'm so glad to be at home again! "
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900)
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Aunt Em, Dorothy, and Toto in Kansas by Charles Santore

Sequel Oz Books

When Dorothy permanently moved to the magical Land of Oz along with Aunt Em and Uncle Henry, Toto joined them, living with them in the Royal Palace of Oz located in the Emerald City. (The Emerald City of Oz).

He gained the ability to talk when he was in Oz, but preferred not to, instead communicating nonverbally with Dorothy. When this came to her attention, she cornered him and got him to finally say something. (Tik-Tok of Oz)

When Princess Ozma was kidnapped by Ugu the Shoemaker, Toto was left behind at the palace by Dorothy but found out from the green maid named Jellia Jamb what was going on. He was able to catch the party before they left, hiding in the wagon so Dorothy wouldn't know he was with them until it was too late. The Cowardly Lion knew, but he stayed out of the matter. When Dorothy found out, she allowed him to stay with them.

During the adventure, Toto spent a lot of time talking with the other animals in the party: the Cowardly Lion, Sawhorse, and Woozy. He also came to believe he had lost his growl, and that it had been stolen by the same thief who stole Ozma, Glinda's Great Book of Records, and Cayke's Magic Dishpan. After Dorothy and The Frogman defeated Ugu, Toto noticed his growl had come back. (The Lost Princess of Oz)

When Dorothy was replaced by a Mimic, Toto was the only one who immediately saw through the deception and knew it was an imposter. While she was at a dinner with the rest of the Oz celebrities, he declared that the girl sitting there was not her. This blew their cover. (The Magical Mimics in Oz)

Book Appearances

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Background

Toto did not speak until the final chapter of the eighth Oz book, Tik-Tok of Oz, and continued to say very little in Baum's books. Some later Oz writers make him more talkative.

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Terry as Toto 1939

Modern Oz writers have used Toto as a protagonist in several works, including Roger S. Baum's Toto of Oz and the Surprise Party and Toto in Candy Land of Oz, Chris Dulabone's Toto in Oz, Ian Fink's "Toto's Tale," Atticus Gannaway's "Toto and the Truth," and Gina Wickwar's Toto of Oz.

In Magic Land Toto is usually called by the diminutive form of his name "Totoshka". He begins speaking from his first trip and continues to speak much more frequently than in Baum's books. In the later books he is too old for adventuring, and is replaced by his grandson, Arto.

In The Great Wishy Woz he is Nono.

In Todd MacFarlane's 2007 pitch for an Oz movie, a reimagined Toto - or race of Totos - played a big role, as MacFarlane revealed in an interview with MTV: "There's still a thing called Toto, except it's the biggest thing in the movie and not the smallest thing. The beast called Toto basically ate the first dog, and it's this big thing that the inhabitants of Oz ride. They've given this generic word... so instead of horses, people ride Totos." [1]

Alternate Histories

There are many reimaginings and alternate versions of Oz which present alternate histories of many of the Oz characters. Here are some different versions of Toto.

Dorothy (Comic Book Series)

Toto is a mechanical (but living) dog who is native to Oz. However, when he meets Dorothy he quickly becomes her loyal companion. (Dorothy)

Was/Novel

Was is a book written by Geoff Ryman, the same author of the novel Air. It is a very sad and tragic tale intended for adult readers. The story is about the realistic and dark life of a fictional Dorothy. Toto plays a small but heartbreaking role in this story. He lived with her as a puppy along with her real birthmother before they moved in with Aunt Em and Uncle Henry after her mother's death. Aunt Em somewhat mistreated her and especially Toto, much to her horror, and he eventually ran away because of it. He hid in the marshes near their Kansas farm, returning occasionally to see her and get some food or fresh water from her. He finally got his revenge on Aunt Em by digging up the bones of a dog she'd had as a child. Infuriated, she chased him away. After that, he disappeared and didn't return.

  • It is implied that Aunt Em or Uncle Henry may have killed him.

The Wizard of Oz 1939

In the 1939 film Toto was played by a female cairn terrier named Terry. She was paid $125 a week in the film while the Singer Midgets who played the Munchkins reportedly received $50 to $100 a week). Afterward, her name was changed to Toto.

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Judy with Terry 1939

She took some time off during filming after one of the Winkie Guards stepped on her paw during one of the castle sequences with the Witch and broke it. She died at age 10 or 11. Willard Carroll wrote her "autobiography," I, Toto (2001).

Journey Back to Oz 1974

In the all star cast animated sequel to the 1939 film, Toto is swept away to Oz once again with Dorothy who is voiced by Liza Minnelli.

The Wiz 1978

In the African-American version of The Wizard Of Oz Toto plays as Dorothy's animal counterpart like in the original story. Except in here, he is from New York instead of Kansas.

Return to Oz 1985

Toto is not a main character in Walt Disney's Cult Classic Return to Oz, but he is in the film towards the beginning and in the very end of the film.

The Muppets' Wizard of Oz 2005

Toto is played by Pepe the prawn in the 2005 made-for-TV movie starring pop and R&B singer Ashanti as Dorothy.

Legends of Oz, Dorothy's Return 2014

Toto is a main character in the CGI animated film Legends of Oz, Dorothy's Return.

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Toto in 'Legends of Oz' Dorothy's Return

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