Beards hold more germs than dogs' fur

Study men's beards have more germs than dog fur

Study men's beards have more germs than dog fur

As part of the research, conducted by the Hirslanden Clinic in Switzerland and uncovered by the Mail on Sunday, scientists took swabs from the beards of 18 male subjects and the necks of 30 dogs of different breeds.

The results are pretty gross.

The study actually meant to understand whether humans could contract dog-borne diseases from an MRI scanner shared by veterinarians.

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.

It might be time for some guys to bring out the razors after a new study shows beards contain a lot of bacteria, even more than in a dog's fur.

In seven of the men, some of the germs were considered to be a threat to human health.

The objective of the study was to determine whether it would be hygienic to evaluate dogs and humans in the same MRI scanner.

"I don't believe that beards in themselves are unhygienic".

But Keith Flett, founder of the Beard Liberation Front, pooh-poohed the report, suggesting it's more about pogonophobia - the irrational fear of beards - than anything else.