Are Dogs Cleaner Than Beards?

Dogs are cleaner than the average beard, according to a recent study.

Researchers compared the number of bacteria found in the fur of man’s best friend to the face fur of man. After swabbing a sample of scruffs, the team says bearded men harbor “significantly more” microbes than dogs do. 

Sharing Is Caring

A scanner shortage prompted the research. According to the study’s authors, only a few veterinary clinics in Europe have MRI machines reserved for animals as they are costly to buy and maintain. The study’s team conducted its comparison to see whether dogs are hygienic enough to share the machines with people.

Their conclusion? Sharing poises no risk to humans — good news for Fido.

Science Or Pogonophobia?

Newshub reached out to several unshaven dog owners for comment about their pets’ allegedly more sanitary coats.

“Well I mean he doesn’t bathe at all,” said one bearded respondent about his dog. “[My beard] gets shampooed at least three times a week.”

“[My hair] is definitely cleaner than hers because she’s been in the lagoon and there’s stuff in that lagoon I just can’t get out of her hair no matter how much I wash and brush her,” said another. “It’s all about manscaping isn’t it, it’s all about taking care of yourself.”

Keith Flett, founder of the Beard Liberation Front, told the Daily Mail he doubted the study’s findings.

“There seems to be a constant stream of negative stories about beards that suggest it’s more about pogonophobia than anything else,” Flett said.

So Fresh, So Clean

Experienced pogonophiles suggest a grooming regimen that includes washing, conditioning, and trimming.

Esquire recommends a few products for keeping facial hair luscious (and sanitary). Beard oil and disinfecting balm can prevent coarseness, breakouts, and the dreaded beard itch. The men’s fashion magazine even suggests purchasing  beard-specific brushes.

And, hey, why not? They seem to work well for dogs.

Image by Pexels.

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