Dog ear hair in Health / Nutrition / Grooming Posted June 12, 2018 Shihtzu have ear hair that you can pull out. (As opposed to spaniel type earhair that doesn’t really pull out the same way, better to use little clippers and shave around the ear canal) When I started grooming in the mid 80s we were pretty much instructed to pull every hair out of every ear any way we could, usually with artery forceps! Fast forward over the years and thinking has changed. I was never that happy doing it, but owners often pressured us saying the vet said we needed to do it. More recently about three or four years ago, people were coming in saying the vet says don’t pluck the ears. Yay! So I sent an email to the new veterinarian school here in SA and yes, they concurred that ear plucking is not something that should be done as rountine grooming. These days I rarely pluck ears. If I do, I use ear powder, which is super grippy and soaks up wax, and pull gently with my fingers. If your dogs ears are healthy, and not particularly thickly haired, then leave them well enough alone. If you feel your dogs ears are unhealthy, thinking now is to get them better before going and pulling the hairs causing more irritation, if at all. I groomed a lagotto today today whose ears were absolutely plugged with thick hair. Just as they should be for a water retriever!!