|Your answers to other questions has made me wonder if my 15 month old neutered Border Collie (bred from working lines) has a problem. He tends to get very tired after only 10-15 minutes of vigorous running and he is couch potato. This may be related to hot weather because his stamina is better in colder weather or when he is swimming. But, his energy level is always very manageable (he is a pet and happily lives a pet life). I know that heat slows me down, but after hearing and reading *so much* about the *demanding* exercise requirements of a Border Collie, I am beginning to realize that either my Border Collie has a low energy level or people are exaggerating or making generalizations which may not be valid for *all* Border Collies. I know shepherds breed Border Collies to herd their flocks over many miles. I don't mean to sound ignorant, but do working Border Collies actually *run* for many miles?
Is my dog "normal"? Do mellow, couch potato Border Collies really exist? Should I cut down on his exercise? - he does not seem to need all the activity I give him.