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Blue Buffalo, also styled BLUE, is a pet food company founded in 2002 by William Bishop. It is named for Bishop’s Airedale, Blue, and is the best-selling natural specialty pet food in the country. While the company makes food for dogs and cats, this review will focus on its dog food options.

While many dog food companies use fillers or artificial preservatives, Blue Buffalo products exclude the following from its recipes:

  • Artificial flavors or preservatives
  • Corn
  • Poultry by-products
  • Soy
  • Wheat

At bluebuffalo.com, you can browse through over 230 dog food options by filtering for the following:

  • Life stage — puppy food, adult dog food, and formulas specifically for senior or mature dogs
  • Breed size — toy and small, standard, large
  • Dry or wet dog food
  • Special formulas for allergies and special diets
  • Type of packaging (for wet food) — canned, trays, pouches, tubs

All products are manufactured in the United States, except the BLUE Chomp ‘n Chew treats, which are made in Ireland. Blue Buffalo products can be purchased at retailers nationwide, as well as online retailers like Amazon, PetFlow, Chewy, and PetFood.com.

Keep reading for pros and cons, plus dog food reviews from consumers who used Blue Buffalo products.

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The Good

  • Variety of Food Options
  • Natural Ingredients
  • Satisfaction Guarantee
  • LifeSource Bits

Variety of Food Options

Blue Buffalo dog food offers several different product lines with different recipes and features, including the following:

  • BLUE Basics — limited ingredient diet for sensitive tummies, food allergies. Grain-free option available. The Blue Buffalo Basics line excludes corn, dairy, eggs, and wheat.
  • BLUE Freedom — A grain-free product line with over 20 products, including dry food and canned dog food
  • BLUE Life Protection Formula — wet and dry dog food, and treats with all-natural meat, fish, vegetables, and fruit. Formulated for different life stages, and different options for toy breed, small breed, and large breed dogs.
  • BLUE Natural Veterinary Diet — formulated for health issues
  • BLUE Wilderness — grain-free, meat lovers, higher protein content. Specially formulated for life stage and breed size. Comes in dry kibble, canned, trays, pouches, treats, jerky, and bones.

Natural Ingredients

While BLUE isn’t a meal-delivery service, and doesn’t cost as much as one, it does offer food with healthy nutritional value, including ingredients like fresh fruits and vegetables, grain-free dog food options, and the following animal protein flavors:

  • Beef
  • Bison
  • Chicken
  • Duck
  • Fish
  • Lamb
  • Quail
  • Rabbit
  • Turkey
  • Venison
  • Trout
  • Salmon
  • Pork
  • Halibut
  • Alligator
  • Catfish

Satisfaction Guarantee

Every BLUE product comes with a satisfaction guarantee. If you (or your pup) aren’t 100 percent happy, you can return the product, with a receipt for a full refund.

LifeSource Bits

Blue Buffalo dry food contains exclusive LifeSource Bits. These contain veterinarian and animal nutritionist-developed blends of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. They are specially formulated for your pet’s life stage (puppy, adult dogs, and mature dogs) and help his or her immune system and oxidative balance.

The following specialized supplemental morsels are cold-formed to retain nutritional value, especially of fat-soluble vitamins:

  • Alfalfa
  • Barley Grass
  • Beta Carotene
  • Biotin B7
  • Blueberries
  • Cranberries
  • Flaxseed
  • Folic Acid B9
  • Kelp
  • L-Carnitine
  • L-Lysine
  • Niacin B3
  • Omega 3 and Omega 6 Fatty Acids
  • Pantothenic Acid B5
  • Parsley
  • Taurine
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin B1 (Thiamin)
  • Vitamin B12
  • Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin E
  • Yucca Schidigera Extract
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The Bad

  • No Samples

No Samples

Unfortunately, you can’t order samples to see if your dog will like it.

However, consumers and picky eaters alike benefit from the 100 percent satisfaction guarantee offered by BLUE. If you or your dog aren’t satisfied, the unused portion can be returned with your receipt for a refund.

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The Bottom Line

Blue Buffalo offers a variety of natural high-quality dog food with a focus on balanced nutrition. With over 200 products, Blue Buffalo has specialized formulas for your pet, depending on its size and stage of life, as well as dietary restrictions and other nutritional needs and wants.

Check out our Blue Buffalo reviews below to see if it is a good choice for your dog’s diet.

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Abigail Land Tallahassee, FL

My dogs love the food and it is grain-free, which is super important because of their allergies. They love it and have gotten to a healthy weight with it and have nice shiny coats and more energy.

1 month ago

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Sydney Charleston South Jordan, UT

I switched my dog's diet over to Blue Buffalo a few years ago, and while they're picky with kibble, they've loved BB from the start. We've tried different flavors for our fur babies, and they like them all! Is a bit more expensive, but overall much healthier for our pets.

2 months ago

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Karen Torino Tallahassee, FL

Blue Buffalo is ok. They need to be more transparant about their ingrediants and what they put into their food. The pets seem to like it but it is not clear what I am feeding them.

2 weeks ago

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Jada Urquhart Tallahassee, FL

I love Blue Buffalo brand dog food. I have been feeding this brand to my dog for 7 years and I have never had any problems with this brand.

4 weeks ago

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Helena Danby Shelley, ID

Our dog loves Blue Buffalo! We have tried other dog food brands, but we have found that our dog enjoys this brand the most. We appreciate that our dog is getting the best ingredients.

3 months ago

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Jade Knowles Tallahassee, FL

Blue Buffalo is a great pet brand. I have a maltipoo, a Maltese and a Poodle mixed and she loves this brand. We get their hard food blend for her and she always looks forward to meal times. I have also spoken to animals lovers near me and they also use this brand for their dogs.

5 months ago

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CJ Milke Olney, MD

My dog's favorite wet foods are from Blue Buffalo. After searching for months trying to find a wet food that my puppy loves and was not allergic to, I went to Blue Buffalo. I found a crunch but soft at the same time treat that did not contain chicken (my dog is allergic) and he absolutely loves it.

6 months ago

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hminfo Olney, MD

Our dog loves his Blue Buffalo treats. We have tried several kinds. Chicken is his favorite. I also love that they make different themed treats for various holidays/times of year.

6 months ago

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Kandi Morrill Aurora, CO

We switched to Blue Buffalo when we noticed that our 4 year old Goldendoodle was having digestive problems. Since switching, he is less gassy, and we can tell he feels much better, His coat is shiny, soft, and pretty. such great food that we switched both of our dogs.

9 months ago

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My dog loves this product. I also love the fact that they are available to purchase from big box stores (Sams Club as well as Smaller stores in my neighborhood). It seems to be the right size bites for my small dog as well as there treats seem to be the preference from other treats we have tried in the past. Outside of table food of course. The cost per bag is also reasonable.

2 years ago

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Destini Ferguson Tallahassee, FL

This brand of dog food is a little more expensive than others. However, my dog love the dry and wet food mixed. I have defiantly noticed a boost in his energy.

5 months ago

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Austin Stelmach Boulder, CO

With two energetic golden doodles, our vet recommended Blue Buffalo. We usually mix Blue Buffalo with a small amount of wet food and our dogs have had no problems. They are about a year and half year old now and very healthy!

1 year ago

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Nick Hansen Eagle Mountain, UT

This is the only stuff our dog will eat. When we first got our puppy he wouldn't eat. Come to find out that he just didn't like the stuff that the breeder sent with him. A neighbor recommended Blue Buffalo. Once he tried this stuff, his eating disorder was cured. Thanks for making the good stuff!

1 year ago

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Kaitlyn Rios Ogden, UT

Blue Buffalo has better ingredients and a better outlook at pet nutrition. Its not just dry kibble, it is so much more taste and health for our dog. Great alternative to dry sawdust that other brands offer. Real nutrition, and healthy ingredients are common place for Blue Buffalo.

1 year ago

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Braylyn Linford Saratoga Springs, UT

I had a very picky pup. I tried many different foods that he would not touch. Blue Buffalo had a guarantee that even the pickiest dog will love it and he did!! I just wish it wasn’t so pricey but definitely gave my puppy all the nutrients he needed. He is a healthy strong 80lb dog now!

1 year ago

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Lorna Johnston West Valley City, UT

We have four little dogs and when we got the first two, I really wanted to get good dog food for them. The salesperson at the pet store recommended Blue Buffalo and we have used it for nearly 10 years. Our pets have overalls good health and I believe it is largely because of the quality dog food.

1 year ago

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Kaysha Love Las Vegas, NV

My dog is a very picky eater and its been difficult to find a dog food brand that she likes. I found she not only loves this brand but she's more energetic, seems happier and seems to enjoy her food more on this brand. Ever since I switched over I've been so happy with this brand

1 year ago

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Monica Dobbins Wichita, KS

Overall this is a great dog food. Our dog absolutely loved it. Even the dog we would dog sit, preferred it to their regular food. This was the number 1 recommended food by our vet and I can definitely see why. High quality ingredients!

2 years ago

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Reese Pleasant Grove, UT

I have bought Blue Buffalo pet food, dog food for my Shitzu and they have it special for smaller dogs. He liked the taste and didn't get tired of it and was always so excited when it was time to eat. seemed to have more energy and looked better. fur was shiny and nice and it didn't smell bad.

2 years ago

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Dean Ogden, UT

I had always heard a lot of good things about Blue Buffalo from friends that buy it for their dogs. It wasn't until I actually bought it that I realized just how good it was for my dog. Her coat is healthier than ever and her stomach issues have went away completely. The price is well worth the benefits.

2 years ago

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Ashley Ulibarri Sandy, UT

After researching a lot about dog food a settled on picking Blue Buffalo for their straight forward ingredients. There food is not full of fillers. I like the many flavor options and so does my pup.

1 year ago

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Mia miga7440 Littleton, CO

My pitbull loves their food! It’s made with amazing ingredients, and keeps my dog happy and energized. Even with his sensitive stomach, hes doing very well. I highly recommend this dog food.

1 year ago

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Kimi Bayles West Valley City, UT

The only brand I feel comfortable and safe giving my two dogs. I know my boys are getting the best with every scoop! I feel confident they are getting all their nutrients without any fillers!

1 year ago

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Greg West Valley City, UT

I have bought Blue Buffalo for our four little dogs for 10 years. It was recommended by an employee of a pet store. Our dogs are still healthy and doing very well. It is a bit pricier than some of the more common brands but it is worth it for the health of our little dogs.

1 year ago

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Melanie Johnston Las Vegas, NV

I have been using Blue Buffalo for several years and fine that both my dogs are healthy and happy. They are not over weight and still act like puppies at times, even though they are both over 10 years old.

1 year ago

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J Connelly Saratoga Springs, UT

Our dog is a picky eater! Weird I know. We wanted to stay with a healthier dog food and tried 2 other ones before Blue Buffalo. He loves it and we like that it is good for him!

1 year ago

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Hailey Moody Austin, TX

I purchased Blue Buffalo’s dry food for my dog for about a year with the thought that this is one of the better affordable dog brands. Unfortunately, this caused problems with his digestive health and weight and I had to switch to a more expensive specialty food. This being said, I do know many dog owners who have had good experiences with this brand and I do think it is a good option for some who are looking for an easily accessible dog food brand.

1 year ago

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Mickey Wilson Sacramento, CA

Blue Buffalo is more expensive than other dog foods but the quality is worth it in my opinion. After switching dog foods I’ve noticed our old boy has a lot more energy, his eyes look clearer, and his coat is shinier

1 year ago

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Raúl Galeano Elkridge, MD

Six years ago I have a little bichon frise, and I always had problems with his hair, for three years the veterinarian recommended the Blue Buffalo food and that's not just his hair improving, but also his whole body.

1 year ago

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Taylor Walker Tallahassee, FL

Blue Buffalo is so good for dogs. My dog loves his food every time. It is both very healthy and easy to eat for my dog. There is also a different variety of types of Blue Buffalo for dogs.

1 year ago

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Wendy Liu Bethesda, MD

Above-average protein. Near-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food. Blue Buffalo Wilderness is a grain-free, dry dog food using a notable amount of named meat meals as its main source of animal protein. Everything is noticeably fresh and my pomeranian loves it!

1 year ago

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Gail Clarks Summit, PA

Both of our dogs really like the dog treats by Blue Buffalo. They are tasty and they are always looking for more. Thank you for making such a great product for my golden doodles.

2 years ago

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Sage Robertson Cedar City, UT

I cannot say enough good things about this dog food. Our dog has used this from day one. She is a wonderful and energetic dog, and this food provides her with the nutrients and energy she needs to stay active.

2 years ago

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Maryn skinner Gilbert, AZ

After hearing many good things, switched to Blue Buffalo a few months ago and have seen huge changes in my pup! He is losing weight and is so energetic. He loves his food and always leaves a empty bowl.

2 years ago

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Nicholas Lake Villa, IL

Blue Buffalo has good food for your dog. It uses natural wholesome ingredients that my dog loves such as chicken flavor. My dog always gets excited when I bring blue buffalo food home. Thank you.

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Anita pea Dallas, TX

I used to feed my dog Blue Buffalo because they said real meat was used and I was good with paying more expensive prices. Then it was found out they were using by-product meat and I immediately stopped using it. Will never purchase blue buffalo after being lied to.

1 year ago

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MikeS Toronto, ON

My dog loves his Blue Buffalo food. He used free feed and not eat a lot. With bullet buffalo he’s excited for every meal!

9 months ago

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Mason Allen Provo, UT

Blue Buffalo makes great treats for dog training. The bags are pretty small for how expensive they are, however. There's plenty of other serviceable brands that are cheaper.

10 months ago

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Nyla C. Tallahassee, FL

Blue Buffalo offers great quality food for my dog. However, they are a little pricey. But I indulge in their treats whenever I feel like spoiling my doggy because he deserves it!

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Tagg Ogden, UT

Blue buffalo makes some amazing, healthy, organic pet foods that allows my animals to be as healthy as they can be. I really trust them with the health of my animals.

1 year ago

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Abby Stubbs Brigham City, UT

We used the wilderness blend for our puppy and she loved it. She would eat anything so we decided to give her a healthy choice on food. Her growth was on track and she had a shiny coat as a puppy.

1 year ago

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Jon Moreno Sandy, UT

We started our German Shepherd on Blue Buffalo as a puppy and he loved it, they use real ingredients and not all the fillers other companies use in their products!

1 year ago

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Ellie Cheyenne, WY

These ingredients are quality and I know they’re always healthy for my dog! She’s so energetic and playful thanks to this great source of everything she needs!

1 year ago

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Oc11 Miami, FL

Their marketing is good, I thought it was the best food out there. I’ve read mixed reviews recently about quality. Not really sure anymore, I switched now.

1 year ago

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russbayles West Valley City, UT

Have used Blue Buffalo since my two dogs were puppies. They love the chicken and rice flavor and love that they have puppy to grown bags and ones that are small bites for smaller breeds.

1 year ago

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Melanie Rio Rancho, NM

I love Blue Buffalo. I have used it for my dogs and for my cats. The ingredients are quality ingredients and my animals have always loved eating Blue Buffalo!

2 years ago

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Skye Jensen Hyrum, UT

My old dog that died on my birthday from diabetes used to love to eat Blue Buffalo so i think it is pretty good. Also she didn’t get diabetes from Blue Buffalo i think it was just because she was a miniature schnauzer.

2 years ago

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Chloe Adams Morgan, UT

Unfortunately Blue buffalo was not a hit with our canines. We normally use a different product but our local store was out and thought we would give Blue Bison a try based off of there commercials and pretty packaging. Hours after ingestion our dogs were sick. Maybe it was just bad luck, but we won’t be using This product again.

2 years ago

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Tracy Hill Draper, UT

I love buying this brand of dog food for my dog. I love being able to recognize the ingredients they use and knowing that my dog will be healthy and happy because he eats this dog food.

2 years ago

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Nicole LeBaron Provo, UT

We bought this brand to try for our dog. She loved it. She was always content after she eats! It’s a great dog food brand. Bought it a couple more times for our dog.

2 years ago