The active and industrious Cairn Terrier is a charming and sweet companion dog, whose legendary appearance in the Wizard of Oz solidified the breed's celebrity for generations. Breeders today continue to refer to the breed as the "Toto dog." As a companion to children, a family watchdog, an accomplished show dog and competition dog, and a "verminator" around the home, this terrier breed fits into most homes and living situations. The breed is as useful as it is endearing. The Cairn Terrier developed in Scotland alongside his fellow Scottsdogs, the West Highland White Terrier, Scottish Terrier, and Skye Terrer. Author Robert Jamieson retells the origins of the breed and spells out the many characteristics that recommend the Cairn Terrier as an ideal pet for the right family seeking a bright, easy-care companion dog. New owners will welcome the well-prepared chapter on finding a reputable breeder and selecting a healthy, sound puppy. Chapters on puppy-proofing the home and yard, purchasing the right supplies for the puppy as well as house-training, feeding, and grooming are illustrated with photographs of handsome adults and puppies. In all, there are over 135 full-color photographs in this useful and reliable volume. The author's advice on obedience training will help the reader better mold and train into the most well-mannered dog in the neighborhood. The extensive and lavishly illustrated chapter on healthcare provides up-to-date detailed information on selecting a qualified veterinarian, vaccinations, preventing and dealing with parasites, infectious diseases, and more. Sidebars throughout the text offer helpful hints, covering topics as diverse as historical dogs, breeders, or kennels, toxic plants, first aid, crate training, carsickness, fussy eaters, and parasite control. Fully indexed.