How to Clean a Shar-Pei's Ears

The Chinese Shar-Pei is a wrinkly dog with small ears.
The Chinese Shar-Pei is a wrinkly dog with small ears. (Image: sharpei image by david bruyer from

The Shar-Pei is a Chinese breed of dog that has risen in popularity throughout modern times. Owners of these dogs choose them for their looks, size and personality. These are not low maintenance dogs, and owners should be aware that an investment of money and time will be necessary to raise a healthy, well behaved Shar-Pei. Ear cleaning is important with all types of dogs, and particularly with Shar-Peis. Their ear canals are too small for a vet to easily examine them. Keeping them clean will reduce the risk of ear infection.

Things You'll Need

  • Ear cleaning solution
  • Eye dropper
  • Cotton swabs

Clean your Shar-Pei’s ears frequently. This means once every couple of weeks. The small and unique shape of its ears requires the owner to be particularly attentive when it comes to ear grooming. Shar-Peis are prone to ear infections and mites.

Use an ear cleaner that is recommended by your vet. Read the directions, and stick to the dosages suggested on the box. Shar-Pei ears are very small, so keep that in mind as you clean them.

Lay the dog down and use an eye dropper to drop the cleaner into the ear. Once the solution has penetrated the ear, let the dog shake out the liquid. Put him outside first, so that your house doesn’t get a shower.

Use a cotton ball or a cotton swab to wipe down the animal’s ear. Don’t try to go into the ear. You’ve already cleaned its inner ear with the solution: Sticking something unsanitary into the ear may cause infection. Clean all of the outer folds of skin -- to the best of your ability -- with the ear cleaner. Collect all ear wax with a cotton swab and throw it away.

Do not let water enter your dogs ears during bathing. This will cause irritation that makes the dog want to shake, which can make bath time difficult for you. Moisture stuck inside the ear canal can cause painful infections. Most owners bathe their pet, clean the ears and trim its nails all at once. A Shar-Pei doesn’t need bathing as often as they need ear cleaning. Over-bathing will lead to dry skin and a dull coat.

Bathe your Shar-Pei once a month. Clean the ears during that bath time -- and once or twice in between bath times. If you see heavy wax buildup, repeat the cleaning procedure

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