Beards: Dirtier than dogs?

Jedediah Aaker has always sported long facial hair. He's been growing his current beard for 10 years.

Posted: Apr 24, 2019 3:22 PM

(KGW/NBC News) A recent study suggests that a man's beard contains more germs than a dog's fur.

The study's findings don't bother Portland, Oregon resident Kory Johnson and his wife Kirsten.

"I don't care. I have a beard and I don't care if it's dirty, I mean I care, I shampoo it. I take care of it. Studies are just that, studies," Kory said.

Kirsten isn't concerned either.

"I don't think beards are dirtier than dogs, although dogs are fairly clean as well, but as a nurse it's all relative. Another study will show something different. Long live beards," she said.

Jedediah Aaker has always sported long facial hair. He's been growing his current beard for 10 years.

"It's cold here, it keeps you warmer," Aaker said. "It's better to snuggle with, then something that's like bald and scratchy. Having a beard to snuggle with at night, it's a lot cozier."

All 18 men's beards studied by researchers at Switzerland's Hirslanden Clinic had above normal levels of bacteria in them, compared to only 23 out of 30 dogs.

Some beards had so much beard bacteria the men could get sick.

Aaker says it doesn't stop him. He's not planning on shaving any time soon.

"It's who I am, it's what I want to be," he said

New York Coronavirus Cases

County data is updated nightly.

Cases: 2715335

Reported Deaths: 57428
CountyCasesDeaths
Kings34831910956
Queens32527210405
Suffolk2543343681
Nassau2251823328
Bronx2127096803
New York1763044661
Westchester1478212356
Erie1238012040
Monroe969811248
Richmond922471967
Orange61914944
Onondaga59057816
Rockland55357783
Dutchess37798508
Albany34221411
Oneida32950637
Niagara28469418
Broome28056432
Saratoga24400224
Schenectady19229244
Ulster18957290
Rensselaer17260192
Chautauqua14837191
Oswego14047133
Putnam13091101
Chemung12740174
St. Lawrence12724143
Steuben12372189
Ontario11592119
Jefferson11237105
Wayne10115102
Cattaraugus9898156
Cayuga9653113
Sullivan950090
Genesee8556144
Herkimer8228143
Clinton801747
Fulton7768110
Tompkins735961
Madison7285108
Warren721996
Livingston713276
Montgomery7110162
Washington660678
Tioga629773
Cortland605389
Allegany5929120
Columbia5664113
Chenango550895
Orleans543496
Franklin536526
Otsego532162
Wyoming525265
Greene491189
Delaware434451
Lewis416940
Seneca320067
Essex296437
Schoharie265424
Yates197433
Schuyler191920
Hamilton5113
Unassigned1422
Out of NY0338
Utica
Cloudy
24° wxIcon
Hi: 34° Lo: 19°
Feels Like: 18°
Oneonta
Cloudy
25° wxIcon
Hi: 33° Lo: 18°
Feels Like: 19°
Herkimer
Cloudy
24° wxIcon
Hi: 36° Lo: 18°
Feels Like: 18°
Old Forge
Cloudy
24° wxIcon
Hi: 24° Lo: 14°
Feels Like: 18°
WKTV Radar
WKTV Temperatures
WKTV Severe Weather
2022 WKTV Golf Card only $99.99
Game Day Deals - New Deals Each Week
Stuff the Bus Locations
Saluting Those Who Are Proud 2 Serve