Men's beards are dirtier than dogs, according to new study

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A demonstrator carries a dog on his shoulders during a Peoples Vote anti-Brexit march in London, Saturday, March 23, 2019. The march, organized by the People's Vote campaign is calling for a final vote on any proposed Brexit deal. This week the EU has granted Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May a delay to the Brexit process. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)A demonstrator carries a dog on his shoulders during a Peoples Vote anti-Brexit march in London, Saturday, March 23, 2019. The march, organized by the People's Vote campaign is calling for a final vote on any proposed Brexit deal. This week the EU has granted Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May a delay to the Brexit process. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
A man and his dog. (Photo: AP/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Is a man’s beard dirtier than a dog? Maybe, according to a new study.

Scientists at the Hirslanden Clinic in Switzerland took swabs from the beards of 18 male subjects and the necks of 30 dogs of different breeds. Facial hair was found to have a high microbial count on all the men, aged 18 to 76 — compared to only 23 out of 30 dog swabs having a “significantly higher” amount of bacteria.

What’s more, seven of the subjects’ beards had bacteria that was harmful to human health.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="“The researchers found a significantly higher bacterial load in specimens taken from the men's beards compared with the dogs' fur,” said study author Professor Andreas Gutzeit,&nbsp;the Daily Mail reports. “On the basis of these findings, dogs can be considered as clean compared with bearded men.”” data-reactid=”25″>“The researchers found a significantly higher bacterial load in specimens taken from the men’s beards compared with the dogs’ fur,” said study author Professor Andreas Gutzeit, the Daily Mail reports. “On the basis of these findings, dogs can be considered as clean compared with bearded men.”

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