Swiss scientists say men's beards carry more germs than dog fur

Bearded men carry more germs than dogs – study

Bearded men carry more germs than dogs – study

A new Swiss study has found that men with beards carry more germs than dogs.

The Daily Mail reported on a study done by Switzerland's Hirslanden Clinic, stating that researchers found a significantly higher bacterial load in specimen's taken from men's beards than in dogs' fur.

The sample size of the study was small - 18 men were tested against 30 canines of varying breeds. 7 men were also found to have bacteria extremely harmful to man.

All of the beard samples showed high microbial counts while only about two-thirds of the dog fur samples had high counts.

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The study, which was conducted over a period of six years, analysed data from nearly half a million people involved in the UK. The study also found alcohol heightened the risk of bowel cancer, while fibre from bread and cereals reduced the risk.

According to the Hirslanden Clinic, the study was initiated in order to determine whether humans could be infected with dog-borne illnesses.

"The researchers found a significantly higher bacterial load in specimens taken from the men's beards compared with the dogs' fur", Professor Andreas Gutzeit told the publication.

"On the basis of these findings, dogs can be considered as clean compared with bearded men", Gutzeit concluded. Inbox us on our Facebook page and we could feature your story. A spokesman for the "Beard Liberation Front" says the results are more about an irrational fear of beards than anything else.

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