We're adopting a cocker spaniel today, or else it will go to our pound where they put animals down in a gas chamber.I didn't even think that would be allowed but they've actually written about it in our local paper. So I can't let him go there. I've owned dogs before, but never a long eared dog. And I don't know anything else specific to Cocker Spaniels, like specific health concerns, etc. What should I know? DH and the kids have met the dog, he was friendly and even let DH look at his teeth without resisting, and he's been groomed without resisting - he's being fostered right now by a dog groomer but she can't keep him any longer. He looks bure bred and might be registered (though we'll never know, will we) but not by a responsable breeder becaue it sounds like his colors are not the breed standard. But like I said I don't know much about the standard. Which is why I asked about potential health problems. He looked well taken care of and the groomer said he had probably been groomed in the last 3 months. But no one has claimed him.