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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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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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Dwhoush Pensacola, FL

My dogs did not like Blue Buffalo. They were actually losing weight when they were on it. They didn’t eat too often because they didn’t like it.

1 year ago

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