Is Blue Buffalo Dry Dog Food Best for My Dog?

Published: 01/19/2021
Thinking of making the switch to Blue Buffalo Dry Dog Food for your dog? Read this first! We'll cover the cost, nutrition info, dogs it's good for, and more!


Blue Buffalo’s slogan is “Love them like family. Feed them like family,” and many of their ingredients are indeed things we humans would eat. Salmon, berries, sweet potatoes, and flax are a few of the ingredients in Blue Buffalo’s formulas. While the ingredients sound undoubtedly delicious, are they really worth the price tag? What’s the difference in all the lines Blue Buffalo carries for dogs? We’ll discuss this, and other frequently asked questions to help you make the most informed purchase “pawssible".

Blue Buffalo’s Dry Dog Food lines are touted as one of the best dog foods you can buy. With whole-food ingredients and antioxidant blends formulated at low temps to sustain its vitamin content, it’s no wonder this brand is one of the more expensive dry foods around. So what dogs is Blue Buffalo best for, how much will it cost, and what exactly is in it? 


Blue Buffalo has several different versions for dogs. Bag sizes come in 3 lb, 6 lb, 15 lb, and 30 lb for the puppy and senior blends, whereas the adult blends are available in a 24 lb bag as well. Blue Buffalo’s small breed blends are only available in sizes up to 15 lbs. These bags range between $11 and $53, depending on the size and retailer.


Blue Buffalo has formulas for all stages of life in their Wilderness, Life Protection, Freedom, and BLUE Basics lines. Within these popular lines, you’ll find several flavor offerings in adult, puppy, and senior blends. Unfortunately, the Carnivora and True Solutions lines don’t come in senior formulas, though the Carnivora line does have a puppy formulation.


Blue Buffalo has dog food for nearly every breed and stature, with both small and large dog varieties, as well as recipes for dogs with specific medical issues. Blue Basics, for instance, has a limited ingredient list and is great for dogs with food allergies. Blissful Belly, in the True Solutions line, is meant for breeds prone to tummy troubles like Scottish Terriers and Yorkies. The Jolly Joints recipe from the same line boasts glucosamine and chondroitin for dogs like Labradors who are prone to joint problems.


The ingredients in Blue Buffalo dry dog food differ by flavor and line, but each formula has a healthy mix of real meat, fruit, veggies, healthy carbs, and whole grains (with the exception of the grain-free lines).

The first ingredient in Blue Buffalo is always meat; depending on the flavor, this may be salmon, chicken, cod, rabbit, quail, beef, bison, bacon, venison, or even alligator. Pups need carbs for energy, so Blue Buffalo also throws in healthier carbs like brown rice, sweet potatoes, chickpeas, fava beans, lentils, oats, and barley.

All of Blue Buffalo’s foods have a healthy blend of veggies like carrots, peas, green beans, pumpkin, broccoli, beets, and spinach. Antioxidant-rich fruits are also a top ingredient in Blue Buffalo for dogs with flavorful additions of blueberries, blackberries, apples, cranberries, and pomegranate. No matter which recipe you select, Blue Buffalo formulates all their food for dogs without artificial flavors, preservatives, corn, wheat, and soy. 

Nutrition Facts

Life protection formula

  • Crude protein: 24% min
  • Crude fat: 14% min
  • Crude fiber: 5% max
  • Moisture: 10% max
  • Calcium: 1% min
  • Phosphorus: 0.7% min
  • Omega 3 fatty acids: 0.5% min
  • Omega 6 fatty acids: 3% min
  • Glucosamine: 400 mg/kg min
  • Caloric content: 3,627 kcal/kg; 378 kcal/cup

Wilderness formula

  • Crude protein: 34% min
  • Crude fat: 15% min
  • Crude fiber 6% max
  • Moisture: 10% max
  • Calcium: 1.4% min
  • Phosphorous: 0.9% min
  • Omega 3 fatty acids: 0.5% min
  • Omega 6 fatty acids: 2.75% min
  • Glucosimine 400 mg/kg min
  • Caloric content: 3,599 kcal/kg, 409 kcal/cup

Blue Buffalo’s ratings on Consumer Affairs vary considerably, with some people praising the brand and other consumers denouncing it. The more positive reviews praise the brand for being veterinarian-recommended and good for sensitive tummies. Lower-star reviews state their dogs don’t care for the flavor or that they found it difficult to digest.


What are the differences and similarities between the Blue Wilderness and Blue Life Protection formulas?

The wilderness brand is high protein and available in a grain-free formula, whereas the life protection is not. Both recipes contain “life source” bits with antioxidants and are available in specific blends for puppies, adults, and senior dogs.

What is the Carnivora dry food line?

The Carnivora formulas contain more protein sources than the other lines, with up to 11 types of meat attributing to the protein analysis.

What types of food are in the Blue True Solutions line? Who are they best for?

Currently, there are 4 types in this line: Jolly Joints, Blissful Belly, Perfect Coat, and Fit and Healthy. "Jolly Joints" promotes joint health in dogs prone to arthritis. "Blissful Belly" is marketed as a gentle formula for dogs with sensitive tummies. "Perfect Coat" is meant to increase shine, decrease shedding, and optimize coat health. Fit and healthy, as you probably guessed, is a weight maintenance formula.

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