Some men think that it felt like forever for them to grow their beard to the right length and thickness, and they believe they wouldn’t shave it off for the world.
However, what if we told them that their beard could carry more germs than a dog carries in its fur?
Yup, that’s right. Scientists say that men with beards carry an extreme amount of bacteria in their beard, and it could even be dangerous to their health. Pooches, though, come off cleaner in general, and the levels of bacteria are lower.
The study was uncovered by the Mail On Sunday, and it took swabs from the necks of 30 dogs and the beards of 18 men. They then compared the results, and found significantly higher bacterial load in specimens taken from the men’s beards compared to the dogs’ fur.
According to professor Andreas Gutzeit of Switzerland’s Hirslanden Clinic, on the basis of the findings, dogs can be considered cleaner when compared to bearded men.
The beards from the 18 men, aged from 18 to 76, had very high microbial counts. Only 23 of the 30 dogs had levels as high as that, and the remaining 7 were technically cleaner.
In fact, seven of the men were found to have microbes that posed a threat to human health.
The founder of Beard LIberation Front, Keith Flett, doubted the report, though, and told MailOnline that he thinks it’s possible to find all sorts of unpleasant things if you took swabs from people’s hair and hands and tested them, and he doesn’t believe that beards are unhygienic by themselves.