A new study has found that men’s beards carry more germs than dogs. The study was conducted by scientists who looked at the levels of bacteria lurking in 18 men’s beards and 30 dogs from different breeds.
Professor Andreas Gutzeit, of Switzerland’s Hirslanden Clinic, who led the research, said that The researchers found a significantly higher bacterial load in specimens taken from the men’s beards compared with the dogs’ fur,’. That’s right, shave it off. Only 23 of the dogs had high microbial counts, with the rest being moderate.
The study was designed to find out if there was a risk of humans picking up a disease from dogs if they used the same MRI scanner as a vet. It found that all the men, aged from 18 to 76, had high microbial counts, while seven had bacteria which were hazardous to human health. Only 23 of the dogs had high microbial counts, with the rest being moderate. When the MRI scanners were disinfected, researchers found higher levels of bugs after the men had used it. “On the basis of these findings, dogs can be considered as clean when compared with bearded men,” said Dr Gutzeit. Still, men with beards were also found to be better boyfriends in a separate study – so you may have some weighing up to do.