'Dogs are cleaner than beards' say Swiss scientists

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Swiss scientists say there is a higher amount of bacteria lurking in beard bristles than in the fur of your dog.

Researchers from the Hirslanden Clinic in Switzerland took swabs from the facial fuzz of 18 men and the necks of 30 dogs, across a range of breeds - that's the dogs, not the men, by the way - and compared the results between the two.

The results are pretty gross.

EVERY SINGLE BEARDED MAN, aged from 18 to 76, had high counts of bacteria in their beards. While only 23 out of the 30 dogs had the same result. The other dogs tested recorded medium to low levels.

Seven of the men had so much beard bacteria, there was a risk of them getting sick.

Researchers actually found this disgusting information out by mistake, they were trying to find out if men could pick up dog diseases in their facial hair.

Study author Professor Andreas Gutzeit said:

"The researchers found a significantly higher bacterial load in specimens taken from the men's beards compared with the dogs' fur."

"On the basis of these findings, dogs can be considered as clean, compared with bearded men," says Gutzeit.

After all that, maybe it's time to tell your dad to have a shave!


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  • Comment number 13. Posted by U17639375

    18 Apr 2019 8:30
    Dogs are cleaner than beards!
    I can't believe it!
    Even though both have a nice shower every day, a beard is still dirtier!
  • Comment number 12. Posted by Hope

    16 Apr 2019 18:41
    Ha ha ha

    § I Never knew that Beards were that Dirty :O §

    - Chloe 🎈
  • Comment number 11. Posted by U17636984

    16 Apr 2019 17:22
    WOW,i wonder what it is like to have a beird
  • Comment number 10. Posted by violetrosemermaid

    16 Apr 2019 15:22
    Wow I never thought that would happen. I knew beards were dirty but not that dirty
  • Comment number 9. Posted by Majestic7

    16 Apr 2019 14:14
    This is crazy!! 🐶🧔
  • Comment number 8. Posted by Supergirl Makayla123

    16 Apr 2019 11:25
    Ha Ha Ha
  • Comment number 7. Posted by U17635107

    16 Apr 2019 11:23
    I have a dog and he is pretty clean
  • Comment number 6. Posted by CuteFluffyNarwhal

    16 Apr 2019 11:18
  • Comment number 5. Posted by GreenCarrotPenguin

    16 Apr 2019 9:49

    Cool and very long name!

  • Comment number 4. Posted by GreenCarrotPenguin

    16 Apr 2019 9:41
    You have got to admit - dogs aren't that dirty, compared to beards!