Men's Beards Have More Germs Than Dog Fur, Study Finds

As if we needed another reason to love dogs more - turns out there are more harmful bacteria in men’s beards than there are in dog fur.

The Daily Mail reports, a study conducted by Switzerland’s Hirslanden Clinic found every single one of the 18 beards they tested had high bacteria counts, while only 23 out of 30 dogs they tested had high bacteria counts.

Professor Andreas Gutzeit, of the Clinic, said: 'The researchers found a significantly higher bacterial load in specimens taken from the men's beards compared with the dogs' fur.'

The Daily Mail reports the actual purpose of the study was to find out if humans could pick up a dog-borne disease from an MRI scanner that was also used by vets.