The Afghan Hound Muse

Pablo Picasso had a very special Afghan Hound in his life that brought great pleasure to the artist’s life. The antics of his hound brought inspiration to Picasso’s art.

Who knew a dog could be a muse? I have a close friend who has an afghan hound like Picasso’s hound, and she is beautiful. He paints a lot too like Pablo and paints her often. Paul has a lot of parallels to Picasso with the exception that Picasso wasn’t a plumber.

Picasso – Dog Lover


Pablo Picasso was a lover of dogs. He has had many different breeds, but his Afghan Hound was what he might have viewed as a living canvas of elegance and beauty. He named this beauty after the city of Kabul.


Picasso had dogs of all kinds; Terriers, Dachshund, Box, Poodle, German Shepherd, Afghan Hound and a few mixed breeds. It was rumored that he acquired these dogs from borrowing them from friends.


The Man Behind the Dogs


Pablo Picasso, a native of Spain, had a specific order of things he loved. He loved his art, his ego, his image, his women and his dogs.


Where Picasso went, so did his dogs. His passion for dogs was so immense that he gifted dogs to many friends so if he visited them, there would always be a dog around.


He had a somewhat nomadic lifestyle. When he met women, he would move in with them and when the relationship ended he left all of his belongings behind, but took the dogs. This pattern repeated itself throughout his lifetime.

Picasso’s Friend “Lump”


Picasso befriended David Duncan who was a photographer for Life Magazine. Their friendship lasted nine months. During that time Picasso opened his villa near Cannes to Duncan giving him carte blanche to take photographs of anything and everything.

Accompanying Duncan was a little Dachshund named Lump. Picasso and Lump bonded immediately. Picasso spent each day playing and cuddling this little dog. When the time arrived for Duncan to leave, Picasso asked if he would leave the dog. Duncan found it impossible to say no.


Dogs Finding Their Way into Picasso’s Art


Picasso’s paintings reflected his dogs throughout some of them. Lump was the star of a painting Picasso did. He initially had painted a hound but painted Lumpy’s image over it.


Kabul, the Afghan Hound, has also been included in several paintings with one of Picasso wives, Jacqueline. The beauty of his beloved dog along with his beautiful wife, made a combination for a painting that was very dear to Picasso.

“Can I ask you a question about your dogs?”


During an art show, someone approached Picasso and asked, “I know this occasion has to do with your art, but might I ask you a question about your dogs?” Picasso reply, “Certainly.


The young man asked Picasso what was his favorite breed of all the dogs he has had. Smiling big, Picasso responded, “I have so many. Some were gifts, some I found. I do not usually get the same breed of dog again. I want each to be an individual, and I do not want to live with the ghosts of other dogs.


Picasso continued to go on about his dogs, “I suppose I am fickle in my affections, but after a dog has left my life, I try to quickly fill its place with another. I have an Afghan Hound named Kabul. He is elegant and graceful, and I love the way he moves. I put a representation of his head on a statue I created…I do think of him when in my studio.


Yes I have a favorite,” replied Picasso, “It is my Afghan Hound, Kabul.


Interesting Details in the Paintings


When looking at Picasso’s paintings, there are ever so slight details of his beloved Afghan Hound, Kabul, painted within his paintings.


Picasso was passionate about dogs and especially loved Kabul, the Afghan Hound!


Why Ban Dogs? – Trying to Understand the Reasoning

There are a few countries that have banned the Afghan Hound. Although there is no direct cause or reasoning behind the ban, it leaves one with various assumptions or conclusions.

The Afghan Hound is a breed that has a sweet personality and no inherent or genetic factors that pinpoints an aggressive nature.

Countries Banning Afghan Hounds


There are only two countries that ban this breed. Qatar is the first one with Beijing, the capital of China being the other. China does not ban this dog anywhere else except in Beijing.


Are you scratching your head yet trying to make sense of this?


President Trump doesn’t help in the matter with his comment about Afghan Hounds back in February 2018. He asked the Westminster Kennel Club to ban Afghan Hounds from their annual dog show. “They’re foreign, this is America,” states Trump.


Widespread Antipathy Towards Dogs in some Countries


While unsure why Beijing bans the Afghan Hound, it is a bit more clear why Qatar does.

Most Middle Easterners are generally unfriendly towards dogs because of their belief system. To come in contact or touch a dog is forbidden. The Quran prohibits dogs being allowed in one’s house. However, hadith teaches that dogs are impure warning Muslims to have no contact with dogs.


Sadly, some justify being abusive to dogs because of these teachings.

During the month of Ramadaan, it has been reported that many Muslims take their dogs to animal hospitals to have them euthanized. When asked why they do this, they say it is because it is Ramadaan and their religion forbids them to have a dog.

Afghan Hounds – Afghanistan


If we look at the country where the Afghan Hound originated from, we can see the same insolent treatment of dogs. The Afghan culture refuses to touch dogs because of the belief they are unclean.

Dogs all over Afghanistan fight to survive as they are forced to scavenge for food. These dogs live in sewers and on the streets. Two such dogs were found and adopted by a loving woman from London. These two dogs started their lives atop a mound of garbage in Kabul. Both were rescued by two men that were from other countries. One was a journalist on assignment, and the other was a German diplomat.


Both were friends of the woman (who lives in London) that adopted them.


The Clash of Cultural Beliefs and Values


We question whether the hadith teaching is going to influence our own dog culture here in America. The Islamic belief system is evidently incompatible with Western values when it comes to owning dogs.

In Minneapolis, a Somali cab driver made national news headlines from his refusal to allow a blind man and his guide dog into his cab. This was because of his Muslim faith.


Egypt was once a dog-loving country, however, with the influx of Muslims things have changed.


In the Netherlands, a ban was called for in Hague from a Muslim politician.


Not All are Dog Lovers


Are the Muslims encroaching on dog lovers worldwide? The debate continues as change is happening all over the world with the rights of dogs and dog owners.


The diversity that makes up the various cultures throughout the world are to be respected. We all have a right to follow our belief system. However, when animal cruelty or disrespect towards animals is happening, it raises concern.


Man and animals should live harmoniously together.


Let’s consider ourselves fortunate that we live in a country that defends our four-legged companions!


Other posts