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Taste of the Wild vs Blue Buffalo: Comparison of Leading Natural Dog Foods

Taste of the Wild vs Blue BuffaloWhen it comes to healthy dog food choices, it’s not always a cut and dry decision as to which to choose for your pup. Here we compare two high-quality options that focus on natural ingredients, Taste of the Wild vs Blue Buffalo, so you can see which food fits your dog best.

Taste of the Wild vs Blue Buffalo

Made by Diamond Pet Foods, Inc., owned by Schell and Kampeter, Inc., Taste of the Wild is a family owned, privately held business. As a relatively new brand of dog food ​made only since 2007, Taste of the Wild ​was created to meet the ​market’s growing de​mand for a natural, grain-free dog food. It offers five adult for​mulas, one wet and one dry of each, and two dry puppy for​mulas for a total of 12 high-quality food choices for your canine. All of their formulas are created to emulate what dogs would eat in the wild with unique lean meats (like bison, venison, or quail) that are certified hormone and antibiotic free, with highly digestible energy sources, antioxidants, and chelated minerals for better absorption.

Nutritional Notes

In addition to all lean meats being free from hormones and antibiotics, they’re also free from toxic the preservative ethoxyquin. Instead, all natural dog food preservatives are used by Taste of the Wild. Taste of the Wild also uses reverse osmosis water – the same quality found in your over-the-counter bottled water – to steam-dry all of their foods to be sure that they’re free of microorganisms, organic and inorganic chemicals. Every formula is grain free.

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If ease is the name of your price game, Taste of the Wild may be the brand for you. The company keeps their offerings, and subsequently their pricing, simple with two options for dry food and one for wet:

Taste of the Wild High Prairie, Pacific Stream, Sierra Mountain, Southwest Canyon and Wetlands:

Blue Buffalo

It was ultimately Bill and Jackie Bishop’s large-breed Airedale Terrier, Blue, and his wide range of health issues, that inspired the two to make a commercially available dog food that was nutrient-rich for our canine companions. It included additional minerals to maintain oxidative balance. All BLUE foods begin with chicken, lamb, or fish, supplemented by whole grains, fresh vegetables and fruits, along with LifeSource Bits, a patented blend of nutrients and antioxidants. They offer foods in three categories – puppy, adult, and senior – with varying wet and dry options for all and a wide range of options spanning the three categories to total 118 adult food options, 20 senior options, and 19 puppy options. So, if you are looking for variety, it is safe to say that a far more diverse range is offered by Blue vs Taste of the Wild. Further, most Blue Buffalo options uses wholesome whole grains, but they do have a grain free option in their Freedom and Wilderness lines if you prefer.

Nutritional Notes

Blue Buffalo never uses chicken or poultry by-products, artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives, corn, wheat, or soy in any of their formulas. The first ingredient for all of their food is de-boned chicken, lamb or fish. Like Taste of the Wild, they use chelated minerals for easy absorption, and their patented LifeSource Bits – a precise blend of vitamins and antioxidants selected by holistic animal nutritionists and veterinarians – are cold-formed to preserve potency.

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If variety is the name of your game, Blue Buffalo may be the brand for you. But with so many available options spanning three ages (puppy, adult, and senior) and varying categories within (small breed, sensitive systems, etc.), it’s slightly harder to explain the pricing for Blue Buffalo. Blue Buffalo Freedom Grain Free (Chicken Recipe)

Blue Buffalo Life Protection Formula (Lamb and Rice Recipe)

Blue Buffalo Wilderness Grain-Free (In our opinion, the closest comparison to Taste of the Wild):

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While Taste of the Wild and Blue Buffalo’s Wilderness formula have many of the same qualities and are both ultimately options you can feel safe feeding your furry friend, we feel that Taste of the Wild’s clean ingredient list, lower price, use of hormone and antibiotic-free meats, grain-free guarantee, and ethoxyquin-free preservation techniques give it the slight edge over Blue Buffalo’s Wilderness formula.

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About Sara Logan Wilson
Sara is a writer for Canine Journal. She adores dogs and recently adopted a rescue pup named Beamer. Whole she may be adjusting to life with another being to care for, she needed no time to adjust to all the extra love.
  • William

    I switched from grain free Blue Buffalo Puppy dry food (lamb/oat) to the Taste of Wild bison puppy dry food. ACD Puppy Dog liked both. But, Blue came out the other end in a wrong way. Taste of the Wild corrected that. Less expensive/get a bit more.

  • Greg

    We have a pit who is allergic to everything it seems. We had him allergy tested and give him allergy shots every 2 weeks. Also, have him on an allergy pill daily. He is pathetic looking. He is always scratching and his skin is always red. He scoots across the carpet to get relief. We bathe him in medicated shampoo from the vet. We have spent so much money on this dog. We cannot leave him outside very long, just long enough to potty and then back in he comes. We also have our yard sprayed to kill any weeds, dandelions, crab grass, etc. We have taken every measure to keep him healthy. He is still miserable. Was feeding him Diamond Naturals, which had no soy, wheat or corn. Still no improvement. We just switched this week to Taste of the Wild Pacific Stream. We are hoping this helps him. If he doesn’t get relief from this food and all the other stuff we do for him, we will be at a complete loss. Most expensive dog I have ever owned. We hate to see him so miserable, but have no clue what else to do for him. In the winter months he is better, spring starts all his flare ups. Hoping Taste of the Wild helps him. If anyone has any other suggestions, please share.

    • Joel Millan

      Try omega 3 gel caps, the same one humans use. I have a chocolate lab with all kinds of skin issues and that cleared it right up. Works great and pretty cheap! Two gel caps with every meal works great, hope this helps!

    • Karen Cox

      Greg, I would like to know how your Pit is doing now. I have a Schnauzer mix foster dog who is about 10 years old and she has bad skin issues. I’ve had her since October 2014 and after trying several other foods (Nutro, Blue Basic) I tried TOTW Pacific Stream and found it to be the answer for her. I also have my 10 year old Pom on it and she seems to be doing well on it. She had been on Nutro but I slowly switched her and she’s happy. Seems to love the taste and had no problems. So, my Pom and my foster are on TOTW Pacific Stream. My rescue cat has been getting in their food so I’m switching him when his food runs out.

      I would like to hear an update on your Pit.

    • Mona

      Hello, I’m sorry to hear about your dog. I am a first time dog owner of a pitbull who’s now 7 months. I too had many issues with her allergies and itching. I’ve been using organic coconut oil after her oatmeal baths. I feed it to her and lotion her with it. I also take apple cider vinegar with the mother and add it to her water daily. She no longer scratches like she used to. I do not have any issues with her skin unless I neglect to refill her oil. Her coat, skin and teeth are beautiful. I get compliments on a regular about her. I hope that helps.

  • Sadie Cornelius

    Maria, so glad to hear that this article was helpful and thanks for sharing your story! We were not aware of the Blue Buffalo recall, but will definitely look into it more and see what we can find. If we come across anything, we’ll be sure to update the article and our readers so they can stay informed with the latest. Good luck with the weight loss for your pup!

  • Pam Goforth Gilliam

    I used Blue Buffalo for about 2 years and then got to comparing it to the Taste of the Wild and decided to switch about a year ago. I have 4 Dachshunds and a Shiba Inu and they love it. It is about $5 cheaper and I get 6 lbs more per bag. By reading your article, I’m very pleased to see my decision to switch was a good one.

    • Michelle Schenker

      Wow, that is a great story of your food switch, Pam. Thanks for sharing with our readers!

    • missbreebree03

      Taste of the Wild is the only brand I’ve fed my Boxer. She does great on it and I constantly get compliments from other Boxer owners on how fit she is and how soft and shiny her coat is. I’m getting a Yorkie and have been wondering if I should research other brands with small breed specific formulas. Does anyone have any opinions?

      • Janelle

        Yes, you can feed your new yorkie Taste of the Wild. I do it myself and I’m the mum of 4 yorkies! They have healthy skin and a shiny coat as well as much more energy. I used to feed them Chicken soup for the dog lovers soul and they had loose stools and itchy skin and dull fur. I hope this helps.

        • missbreebree03

          Thanks, he’s been on the Taste of the Wild puppy food and likes it. I was worried it’d be too big for him, but I softened the pieces with water. Now that he’s a little bigger he seems to prefer the drier pieces and has no problem eating the adult formula when he steals bits from my big dog’s bowl.

    • Jessica

      We have 1 dachshund and 1 dachshund mix – what bag of Taste of the Wild do you give them? Their current food changed recipes and I’ve never seen either of them have so many issues!

      Thank you!!

      • Pam Goforth Gilliam

        Sorry just saw this but I give them the yellow bag it’s bison .

  • Hesham Abu Zubaydah

    We just got a puppy and she came with a bag of Purina Puppy Show. And yeah. She doesn’t sit to eat – just grabs a bite when I think she is starving. So my wife ordered Taste of the Wild for her. Will post how she does once it comes. She is a German Shepherd/Pit Bull mix and is 10 wks old.

  • tone

    My dogs love Taste of The Wild. They are over 3 years old and have the energy of puppies. Their coats are healthy and teeth/gums are great.

  • tone

    My dogs love Taste of The Wild. They are over 3 years old and have the energy of puppies. Their coats are healthy and teeth/gums are great.

  • sportsnut72

    Thank you for the information. We have used Taste of the Wild for a year to year and a half and the issue we are finding right now is the wet food is on “back order” and per TOW they state the demand has them looking into 2015 to eliminate the shortage. Makes me wonder how fast they will produce if they are not in a hurry to sell to people like us whom are in need of the product.

  • John Hoffman

    Thank you so much for the comparison. My large breed pup showed minimal interest in finishing his food. We started with a couple pounds of all organic (unsure of the name) food given to us by the puppy’s “original” mom, we then bought a bag of Blue Buffalo and Taste of the Wild. Taste of the Wild is the only food he finishes in one sitting. To be honest they are both excellent, I would see which type your puppy prefers.

    Just remember though, if you have a large breed, he will probably be slim no matter how much you feed him. TOO MUCH FOOD=TOO MANY GROWTH SPURTS=WEAK BONES.
    Bless all you good people and your canine companions.

  • Michele

    Thank you for your comparison of Taste of the Wild and Blue Buffalo. I have recently changed my dogs food to Taste of the Wild. Being a Corgi she was to overweight for her frame. Then I found out that she has an allergy to gluten and grains. Since changing her diet she is slimming up and eats less food. I feel better knowing that she is actually absorbing the food that she is eating and not just storing it as fat. I chose Taste of the Wild only because of the price, so it is good to know that both are very similar. Thank you for sharing.

    • Sara

      You're welcome, Michele! Thank you for reading :)

  • Sara

    Thanks so much for your thoughtful comments, Linda and for reading Canine Journal! We'll definitely look into doing a review on Chicken Soup for Dog Lovers. 

  • Linda

    I wanted the best for my pup but can't afford raw meat so it was bag food. I have had and still have cats and feed them Chicken Soup for Cats, so decided to check out the brand for dogs. I was so surprised to see more natural ingredients in the chicken soup for puppies/adult dogs than in the higher-priced brands you chose to do a comparison on. 

    My dog loves it, he recently turned one and I have no problem with him chowing down. He has beautiful muscles and no flab, teeth nice and white, gums nice and pink, I am very satisfied with this food. $40 for 35 pounds.

    I will compare it to Taste of the Wild though for I am definitely always trying to go as healthy as I can afford. Thank you for your forum, I have bookmarked your site and added it to my Facebook page. :-)