Fur in the ears
Some dog breeds have a lot of fur growing in the ear canals. This can be a risk factor for ear problems. In addition, in some breeds, the hair in the ears clumps easily, which reduces the ventilation in the ears, which in turn increases the humidity in the ear and can contribute to an environment in which external ear infections can develop.
Many breeds can have problems with ear hair but three breeds that tend to have a lot of ear hair are the Lagotto, Poodle and Miniature Schnauzer. If your dog has a lot of hair in his ears, it is a good idea to learn how to remove this hair. This is done by trimming or plucking.
If you are unsure how to go about it, you should initially get help with removing the hair from your dog's ears from a groomer or vet, for example, or ask your dog's breeder for advice and guidelines. Excessive plucking of ear hair can also cause ear irritation - moderate plucking is always best, no plucking at all is of course best if there is no need for plucking!
If, in addition to lots of ear hair, your dog also has frequent ear problems, it can be especially important to make sure that your dog's ear canal is clean and tidy.