The Australian Shepherd has always been a popular breed on the rodeo circuit, but it turns out, they aren’t just for cowboys anymore. They’ve come a long way since their days of herding cattle. The tough ranch dogs are now quickly becoming one of the most beloved breeds in the world and for good reason.

According to the American Kennel Club, they are not just smart, work-oriented pups, but also highly exuberant. They have the most pleasant personalities! Don’t just take our word for it though. Here are 40 other amazing reasons why you should consider adopting an Australian Shepherd as your next pup.