Bad news for bearded lads everywhere, as a new study has revealed beards harbour more germs in them than dogs carry in their fur.
The shocking news that the male inhabitants of Chorlton and Didsbury are crawling with bacteria comes after researchers took samples from both beards and dog’s fur, before testing them for microbes.
Every beard they sampled was riddled with bacteria, and on top of that nearly half had bugs that were hazardous to human health. When they tested the dogs, however, a number of them were found to have much lower levels of microbes.
The study was actually conducted so scientists could find out if there was a risk humans might pick up dog-borne diseases from an MRI scanner that was being used by vets as well.
If all that wasn’t gross enough, the study also found a number of the men tested positive for microbes that posed a threat to human health.
After swabbing the men and poochs - they used a range of different breeds - they compared results, finding that all of the bearded men, aged 18-76, showed high microbial counts, while only 75% of the dogs did.
Professor Andreas Gutzeit, of Switzerland's Hirslanden Clinic, said:
The researchers found a significantly higher bacterial load in specimens taken from the men's beards compared with the dogs' fur. On the basis of these findings, dogs can be considered as clean compared with bearded men.