A new study has established beards have more germs than dog fur.
The study from researchers at the Hirslanden Clinic near Zurich, Switzerland, suggests that men’s beards be full of more harmful microbes than dog fur.
The Mail on Sunday reports that the researchers took swabs from the beards of 18 men and found that all of them contained bacteria.
Similarly, they then tested the necks of 30 dogs. Just 23 of them returned results in line with that of the bearded men.
The study established that dogs are neater than men.
Seven of beards tested were so dirty that they actually could have caused harm to a human being’s health.
“Our study shows that bearded men harbor a significantly higher burden of microbes and more human-pathogenic strains than dogs,” Andreas Gutzeit told the publication.
“On the basis of these findings, dogs can be considered as clean compared with bearded men.”
There a couple of reasons for this.
The first is that beards are generally curly as opposed to dogs that have a variation of coats, meaning that the hair of the beard is far more likely to trap dirt.
The second is that dogs get a good, deep wash regularly because they are always assumed to be filthy. But beards do not get that much attention.