When it comes to pet-food advocates and dog owners, Blue Buffalo Wilderness ranks with the best foods available at major pet stores. Meat content is very high; Blue Wilderness Duck Recipe features deboned duck, chicken meal, potato starch, turkey meal and peas as its top ingredients, and other foods in the lineup, such as Blue Wilderness Chicken Recipe, are equally good quality. That said, we found more glowing praise for Orijen Adult Formula (Est. $45 for a 15-lb. bag). The company uses free-range meats and regionally grown produce in its foods, but Orijen is on the high end of commercial pet foods in terms of cost as well.
Blue Buffalo Wilderness foods are grain-free and use only natural preservatives. In addition, there are no meat byproducts. There have been some past recall issues, but the food was not one of those involved in the spring 2012 recall for salmonella. LifeSource Bits in the food are said to contain additional vitamins and minerals, but we've seen reports that dogs sometimes eat around them, something the company admits can happen because they have a different taste. However, the nutritional sufficiency of the foods does not depend on them.
There's plenty of feedback on Blue Buffalo Wilderness dog food, including Blue Wilderness Duck Recipe. The best report is at DogFoodAdvisor.com. Additional advice can be found at PetFoodRatings.net and About.com. Petco.com has user reviews from dog owners.
Blue Buffalo Wilderness Duck earns the highest 5-star recommendation here, and Mike Sagman says that he "enthusiastically" recommends the food. It is grain-free and features an "abundance" of meat. The review does an excellent job of describing the ingredients and the role they play in dog nutrition.
Review: Blue Buffalo Wilderness (Dry), Mike Sagman, Feb. 11, 2012
Though the chicken variety is evaluated in this review, Blue Buffalo Wilderness as a whole earns a 5-star rating at PetFoodRatings.net, the highest possible. The use of high-quality meats and carbohydrates is complimented. Cost is hinted at as a concern, but not listed specifically as a negative.
Review: Dog Food Listings & Reviews, Editors of PetFoodRatings.net
Blue Buffalo as a food line earns a spot on this dog-food advocate's list of top dry kibbles. However, other than saying ingredients are "human-grade," there's no discussion, and Blue Buffalo Wilderness is not specifically called out.
Review: Dry Dog Foods (Kibble and Dehydrated), Mary Straus, May 8, 2012
Veterinary technician Jenna Stregowski includes Blue Buffalo on this list of best choices. The high quality of ingredients is cited, but discussion is brief. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Review: Top Natural and Holistic Dog Foods, Jenna Stregowski
Blue Buffalo Wilderness Duck Recipe draws more than 30 reviews from mostly very happy dog owners. One gripes over the price and says that their dogs did not eat it. Otherwise, the lowest rating is 4 stars on the way to an overall grade of 4.8 (out of 5).
Review: Blue Buffalo Wilderness Duck with Sweet Potatoes Adult Dry Dog Food, Contributors to Petco.com