Taste of the Wild High Prairie dog food earns a lot of respect from experts and owners, though there are a few caveats from some. This a grain-free food with lots of protein sourced from high-quality and even unusual sources. The very first ingredient is bison, followed by lamb meal and chicken meal. Farther down the ingredients list you'll find roasted bison and roasted venison. Carbohydrates come from preferred sources such as sweet potatoes, peas and potatoes rather than low-quality grains.
Some negatives do come up in reviews. Mary Straus at DogAware.com notes that bison and venison are quality meats, but such exotic proteins are best held in reserve for use should a food allergy surface. Mike Sagman at PetFoodAdvisor.com says the generic term "fish meal" doesn't adequately address that ingredient, adding that it's always preferable to see a named fish species. One positive, however, is that the fish meal is free of ethoxyquin. Taste of the Wild is made by Diamond Pet Foods and certain batches were part of the 2012 recall over salmonella concerns, along with several other brands, including some other well-regarded ones manufactured by the company. However, Diamond reports that Taste of the Wild has not tested positive for salmonella.
Taste of the Wild High Prairie is one of a number of high-quality foods that rate well with experts, though some give a nod to other choices such as Orijen Adult Formula (*Est. $40 per 15.4 lb. bag). Natural Balance Original Ultra (*Est. $30 per 15 lb. bag) costs about the same as Taste of the Wild High Prairie and contains some grains, albeit better quality. However, it is easier to find at large pet stores and the company has an extensive testing program that has drawn praise.
Many top reviewers have their say on Taste of the Wild dog foods. Those include DogFoodAdvisor.com, PetFoodRatings.net, Dog Food Reviews and DogAware.com. Only Natural Pet Store hosts a good selection of user reviews.
Taste of the Wild High Prairie draws a 5-star rating here. The editors find nothing to criticize and approve of both the unusual protein sources and the high-quality carbohydrate sources.
Review: Taste of the Wild (High Prairie), Editors of PetFoodRatings.net
Mike Sagman analyzes a different variety of Taste of the Wild, but says the conclusions he reaches apply to the rest of the line for his review. The food earns the highest 5-star rating. Despite a reservation that the fish meal is not species specific (the same ingredient appears in the High Prairie variety), he finds little serious to quibble about, making Taste of the Wild "enthusiastically recommended."
Review: Taste of the Wild (Dry), Mike Sagman, Nov. 20, 2011
3. Dog Food Review
Dog Food Reviews looks at Taste of the Wild High Prairie dog food, and applies its conclusions to the rest of the line. It earns 5 stars with an ingredient list that "goes above and beyond its competitors."
Review: Taste of the Wild Dog Food Reviews, Editors of Dog Food Reviews
Mary Straus puts Taste of the Wild's formulas on her list of top dry dog foods, but with more reservations than most reviewers. She's concerned that the use of exotic proteins might prove to be a problem in identifying a food allergy should one arise. She adds that Taste of the Wild is better than other foods made by Diamond Pet Foods, but puts it a notch below other grain-free varieties.
Review: Dry Dog Foods (Kibble and Dehydrated), Mary Straus, May 8, 2012
5. Only Natural Pet Store
More than 40 dog owners weigh in on Taste of the Wild dog food here, including Taste of the Wild High Prairie. All give it high praise, and no one rates it less than 4 stars out of 5. All say they would recommend Taste of the Wild to a friend.
Review: Taste of the Wild Grain-Free Dry Dog Food, Contributors to Only Natural Pet Store