Some Basset Hounds have a tendency to howl when left alone for long periods of time. They will also wander away from home if not kept in a(securely locked) fenced area. The Basset is so good with kids, and often found in homes with children, great care MUST be taken to assure that gates cannot accidentally be left open when the kids enter and leave the fenced area. When a good scent reaches their nose, there is no telling where they will end up, and unfortunately, the Basset is not good at finding the way home. A responsible owner keeps his Basset as safe from harm as he would any other cherished pet. A Basset with its large deep flews also tends to be more slobbery than other breeds. Some individual Bassets are “drier mouthed” than others, but as a whole the breed is a “wet mouthed” breed. To the prospective Basset owner, this means that that the dog will drool quite a bit, and tend to make a mess while drinking. If you are a fastidious housekeeper, and have an aversion to dog drool on your floors (and occasionally your walls), then the Basset Hound is probably not the breed for you. This is an important point, because one of the major reasons that Bassets are given up for rescue or adoption is that “the dog drools too much”. Time and again those involved in Basset rescue hear this same old story. So get out your slobber rag if you want a Basset!