Men with beards have more germs than dogs, according to new study

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FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live)- You may want to cuddle up with your dog tonight before your man. According to some scientists, there may be more bacteria hiding in a man's beard than a dog's fur.

It's the gift that keeps on giving.

"I like the way it looks. It’s just kind a part of who I am so I started growing it as soon as I could,” says Master Barber, Isaac Horn.

"I’m lazy and I don't like to shave. The other reason is that I think they look cool,” says Area Resident, Mitch Selzler.

You know, that long fuzzy facial hair on a man's face.

"I like it, I prefer it than to be clean shaven,” says Area Resident, Brooke Melendez.

But did you know that those luscious locks carry more bacteria than dog fur? Switzerland scientists put the idea to the test. They took swabs of facial fuzz from 18 men and the necks of 30 different canine species. All the men tested had high bacteria counts and only 23 of the 30 dogs showed a high bacteria presence.

“Wow, that's kind of a nasty thought," says Area Resident, Andrea Graham.

"Maybe he's like touching it more with his hands or something cause you know he (the dog) is not really touching his hair,” says Melendez.

But the master barber at Everett's Barbershop says he's a little skeptical.

"I don't think so. I shampoo and condition every day and I use product in it every day. I do kind of the same routine if I had hair,” says Horn.

Now don't be so quick to shave that beard. Everett's Barbershop tells us it's important to maintain that trim and to shampoo and condition that beard as often as possible.