Men’s beards are loaded with more bacteria – and even bugs – than what’s found in dogs fur, according to a new study.
A Swiss clinic compared men and dogs to find out who was cleaner.
Twenty-three of thirty dogs studied had high amounts of germs in their fur, and the other seven had moderate amounts.
Seven of the eighteen men tested had high enough microbe counts in their beards to be considered a threat to human health.
“The researchers found a significantly higher bacterial load in specimens taken from the men’s beards compared with the dogs’ fur,” said professor Andreas Gutzeit of Switzerland’s Hirslanden Clinic.
A spokesperson for the Beard Liberation Front says the study seems to suggest the results are more about an irrational fear of beards than anything else.
“I think it’s possible to find all sorts of unpleasant things if you took swabs from people’s hair and hands and then tested them,” said Keith Flett, founder of the Beard Liberation Front. “I don’t believe that beards in themselves are unhygienic.”