This massive, somewhat bizarre-looking but well-paired hybrid has practically the best of both worlds from the two parent breeds. Melding brains and brawn, these dogs are fine as they were intended: working hard in mountainous terrain. They can call forth their muscles when needed, and they don't waste energy until that time.
These Molosser-type dogs may not seem that intelligent when not working or if removed from a working environment. They are smart, however, and can prove it when put to the test. You may not see them in field trials, and not too often in dog shows, and rarely being walked in a city. This isn't because they lack intelligence, but because most homes and people lack the room and resources required.
They will be aloof to strangers, and they may seem somewhat uninterested in you as they are all about being quietly alert. When it comes to bedtime, or once they've been trained to know that a certain time or action means they can let their guard down a little and crawl into bed or on the couch, they'll get close to you!
While they don't move much when not working, the typical Afghan Sheepdog is nevertheless not lazy. As house pets, they do need to be prompted to exercise. When out in the field as bred and intended, they are as active as they need to be and at lightning speed.