What every best Dog Food has:
- Complete nutrition.
- Whole meat or a named meat meal as its top ingredient.
- No fillers or low-quality grains.
Grain-free, with exotic proteins. Taste of the Wild High Prairie dog food earns a lot of respect from experts and owners -- with a few caveats. This grain-free food gets its protein from high-quality, yet unusual sources, including buffalo and venison. Mary Straus at DogAware.com does recommend that owners hold at least some exotic proteins in reserve for use should a food allergy to more ordinary proteins surface, but most others we consulted don't share similar reservations. Carbohydrates come from preferred sources such as sweet potatoes, peas and potatoes rather than low-quality grains.
Recalled in 2012 for risk of salmonella. Taste of the Wild is made by Diamond Pet Foods, and certain batches were part of the 2012 recall over salmonella concerns, along with other Diamond brands. Several pets -- and several owners who handled the foods -- became sick. A search of the FDA's website shows that Taste of the Wild has not been recalled since. Taste of the Wild also contains canola oil and sodium selenite -- both red-flag ingredients for one top expert, and stuff you won't find in the very best dog foods. On the positive side, Taste of the Wild says it uses only U.S. ingredients (ingredients from China have been linked to contamination) and that the fish meal is free of ethoxyquin, a controversial preservative.
One of the cheapest grain-free kibbles you can buy. Unlike most supermarket dog kibble -- which is mostly compressed corn and soy -- Taste of the Wild's first ingredient is meat. You won't find any grains here (or corn or soy, for that matter). Even though it costs more than supermarket foods, Taste of the Wild is definitely the better value, experts say. It's also notably cheaper than super-premium dog foods such as Orijen -- though with a few more red flags and a slightly less-sterling safety record.
Susan Thixton rates many dog food brands and individual flavors of food -- including Taste of the Wild. Ratings are based on ingredient quality, safety and more.
Mike Sagman analyzes Taste of the Wild High Prairie Southwest Canyon Formula, and rates it at 4 stars, but adds that the High Prairie Formula (and the Wetlands Formula) are 5 star foods, pulling the brand up to a 4.5 star rating overall. He says that the brand, in general, is "highly recommended." No version earns less than 4 stars.
Mary Straus puts Taste of the Wild 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, and she notes that Taste of the Wild was part of the 2012 Diamond Pet Foods recall.
Dog Food Reviews editors look at Taste of the Wild High Prairie dog food and apply their conclusions to the rest of the line. It earns 5 stars, with an ingredient list that "goes above and beyond its competitors."
While it's been a while since this review has been updated, 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.
Nearly 10,000 mostly happy dog owners leave reviews of all varieties of Taste of the Wild dry dog food at Amazon.com, including Taste of the Wild High Prairie dog food. Overall, the brand earns a 4.5-star rating. Less favorable comments center on the 2012 recall, plus a few owners say that their dogs either wouldn't eat the food or that it didn't agree with them. Some report an unpleasant smell.
Like Amazon.com, most Chewy.com users could not be happier with Taste of the Wild High Prairie. This variety earns a 4.8-star rating following more than 1,600 reviews. Roughly 97 percent say that they would recommend this dog food to a friend.
More than 360 dog owners comment on Taste of the Wild dog food here, including Taste of the Wild High Prairie. Most give it high praise, as reflected in its 4.8-star rating. Around 98 percent say that they would recommend Taste of the Wild to a friend.