Small breed dog food reviews
Blue Buffalo Wilderness Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4.5 stars.
The Blue Buffalo Wilderness product line includes 17 dry dog foods.
Each recipe below includes its related AAFCO nutrient profile when available on the product’s official webpage: Growth, Maintenance, All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.
- Blue Wilderness Bayou Blend [M]
- Blue Wilderness Denali Dinner [M]
- Blue Wilderness Senior Chicken [M]
- Blue Wilderness Puppy (5 stars) [G]
- Blue Wilderness Adult Duck (5 stars) [M]
- Blue Wilderness Adult Healthy Weight [M]
- Blue Wilderness Adult Salmon (5 stars) [M]
- Blue Wilderness Adult Chicken (5 stars) [M]
- Blue Wilderness Adult Toy Breed (5 stars) [M]
- Blue Wilderness Adult Small Bite (5 stars) [M]
- Blue Wilderness Adult Large Breed Salmon [M]
- Blue Wilderness Adult Small Breed (5 stars) [M]
- Blue Wilderness Large Breed Puppy (5 stars) [G]
- Blue Wilderness Large Breed Senior (4 stars) [M]
- Blue Wilderness Adult Small Breed Healthy Weight [M]
- Blue Wilderness Adult Large Breed Chicken (5 stars) [M]
- Blue Wilderness Adult Large Breed Healthy Weight (4 stars) [M]
Blue Wilderness Adult Large Breed Salmon was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.
Blue Buffalo Wildnerness Adult Large Breed Salmon
Dry Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Protein = 36% | Fat = 16% | Carbs = 41%
Ingredients: Deboned salmon, chicken meal, tapioca starch, peas, pea protein, dried egg, tomato pomace (source of lycopene), chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), menhaden fish meal (source of omega 3 fatty acids), flaxseed (source of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids), natural flavor, potatoes, pea fiber, fish oil (source of EPA - eicosapentaenoic acid), alfalfa meal, dl-methionine, potato starch, potassium chloride, dried chicory root, calcium carbonate, salt, caramel, choline chloride, sweet potatoes, carrots, taurine, mixed tocopherols (a natural preservative), glucosamine hydrochloride, l-carnitine, vitamin E supplement, ferrous sulfate, iron amino acid chelate, zinc amino acid chelate, zinc sulfate, Yucca schidigera extract, oil of rosemary, l-lysine, blueberries, cranberries, apples, blackberries, pomegranate, spinach, pumpkin, barley grass, kelp, parsley, turmeric, l-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), copper sulfate, copper amino acid chelate, nicotinic acid (vitamin B3), calcium pantothenate (vitamin B5), biotin (vitamin B7), manganese sulfate, vitamin A supplement, manganese amino acid chelate, sodium selenite, chondroitin sulfate, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), riboflavin (vitamin B2), vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), beta carotene, dried yeast, dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Aspergillus niger fermentation extract, dried Trichoderma longibrachiatum fermentation extract, dried Bacillus subtilis fermentation extract, folic acid (vitamin B9), calcium iodate
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 6.7%
Red items indicate controversial ingredients
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||36%||16%||41%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||31%||33%|
Protein = 31% | Fat = 33% | Carbs = 36%
The first ingredient in this dog food is salmon. Although it is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, raw salmon contains about 80% water. After cooking, most of that moisture is lost, reducing the meat content to just a fraction of its original weight.
After processing, this item would probably account for a smaller part of the total content of the finished product.
The second ingredient is chicken meal. Chicken meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh chicken.
The third ingredient is tapioca starch, a gluten-free, starchy carbohydrate extract made from the root of the cassava plant.
The fourth ingredient includes peas. Peas are a quality source of carbohydrates. And like all legumes, they’re rich in natural fiber.
However, peas contain about 25% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.
The fifth ingredient is pea protein, what remains of a pea after removing the starchy part of the vegetable.
And less costly plant-based products like this can notably boost the total protein reported on the label — a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.
The sixth ingredient is dried egg, a dehydrated powder made from shell-free eggs. Eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.
The seventh ingredient is tomato pomace. Tomato pomace is a controversial ingredient, a by-product remaining after processing tomatoes into juice, soup and ketchup.