'Dogs are cleaner than beards' say Swiss scientists

A new study which sampled men’s beards found more harmful bacteria in human whiskers than in dog fur

A new study which sampled men’s beards found more harmful bacteria in human whiskers than in dog fur

According to researchers at the Hirslanden Clinic in Switzerland, a dog's fur is cleaner than a man's beard.

What's more, seven subjects' beards harboured bacteria that was harmful 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.

They found all of the bearded men, aged from 18 to 76, showed high microbial counts, but only 23 out of 30 dogs had high counts, the Daily Mail reports.

Researchers, who were trying to establish whether it was hygienic to allow dogs into the same MRI machines as humans, took swabs from the beards of 18 men and the necks of 30 dogs and compared the results.

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

Men are fighting back, of course, by saying that if men kept up with their hygiene, the bacterial count would be lower.

"I think it's possible to find all sorts of unpleasant things if you took swabs from people's hair and hands and then tested them", he said.

According to The Daily Mail, the study found that all the beards in the sample were filled with bacteria, and nearly half had bacteria that was unsafe to humans.

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

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