Men’s Beards Carry More Bacteria Than A Dog And We’re Concerned

This is ruff. Scientists in Switzerland have released a study that determines that men’s beards carry more germs than a dog’s fur. So it’s time to start cuddling up to your dog at night rather than your boyfriend.

Scientists weren’t even trying to determine if men’s beards were worse than dog’s fur either — they just stumbled upon that accidentally while trying to research something else. Are we happy they discovered this? Not really. Ignorance is bliss, right?

The Study

man with dog at NEC in Birmingham
Photo Credit: OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Photo Credit: OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images

Researchers at Switzerland’s Hirslanden Clinic were performing a study to determine if humans could contract dog-borne diseases through medical equipment. They wanted to test an MRI scanner that was used for both humans and animals, but instead, they ended up with some other results.

In order to test this, researchers at the clinic took swabs from the beards of 18 men and the neck fur of 30 dogs to test for bacteria.