Men with beards carry more germs than dogs, study says

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NEW YORK – FEBRUARY 16: A man carries his dog through the grooming area on the second day of the 140th annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show on February 16, 2016 in New York City. The dog competition culminates in the naming of the dog that is “Best in Show.” (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)


A new study out of Switzerland claims that men carry more germs in their beards than dogs carry in their fur.  

Professor Andreas Gutzeit of the Hirslanden Clinic said that researchers “found a significantly higher bacteria load in specimens taken from the men’s beards compared with the dogs’ fur.”

Researchers took two swabs of human male hair from 18 men and the necks of 30 dogs of varying breeds. 

The study showed that all of the bearded men ages 18 to 76 had “high microbial counts, while only 23 of the 30 dogs showed similarly high microbial presence.”

Seven men were even found with microbes that “posed a threat to human health.”

“On the basis of these findings, dogs can be considered as clean compared with bearded men,” Gutzeit said. 

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