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Blue Buffalo Dog Food Review

Company HQ

LocationWilton, Connecticut

Parent company

Blue Buffalo Company, Ltd.

Sourcing and Manufacturing

LocationUnited States

Type of food

Wet Dog Food, Dry Dog Food, Dry Senior Dog Food, Wet Senior Dog Food


? This rating is determined by comparing the food’s nutritional content to AAFCO standards and other foods in our database. Nutrient Value 42%
? Each recipe is evaluated based on a 5-point ingredient rating system that measures ingredients’ nutritional value, safety, and more. Quality of Ingredients 68%
? We scan the FDA’s database and rate each brand by the number of recalls in its history. Brands with fewer recalls receive higher ratings. Recall History 78%
? By comparing the prices of foods in our database, we determine if a food is above or below market average price. Lower-priced foods receive higher ratings. Price 65%
? This metric is based on customer ratings from various retailers. Customer Experience 81%
? Our rating system evaluates each food’s manufacturing method, assigning higher ratings to manufacturing processes that promote higher nutritional value. Manufacturing Method 46%

Where to Buy

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  • Foods are nutritionally complete and balanced according to AAFCO standards
  • Affordable
  • All protein comes from animal sourced ingredients
  • Lower than average protein content
  • The brand has been previously recalled

Brand Overview

Blue Buffalo was developed with the help of a holistic veterinarian and has the distinction of being America’s top-selling natural pet food brand. A wide range of natural foods for dogs and cats rounds out the company’s offerings. Blue Buffalo offers wet food and dry food, limited ingredient diets, and prey-feeding blends for every life stage.

We’ve compared Blue Buffalo dog food to the other 197 dog food brands in our database.

How Much Does Blue Buffalo Dog food Cost

Wet Dog Food

Brand AvgMarket Avg% From the Avg
Price per oz$0.26$0.31-16%
Price per 100 kcal$0.81$1.12-28%
Price per day$0.48$0.67-28%

Dry Dog Food

Brand AvgMarket Avg% From the Avg
Price per lb$2.51$2.510%
Price per 100 kcal$0.16$0.17-7%
Price per day$0.09$0.10-10%

Dry Senior Dog Food

Brand AvgMarket Avg% From the Avg
Price per lb$2.22$2.55-13%
Price per 100 kcal$0.14$0.23-40%
Price per day$0.08$0.14-43%

Wet Senior Dog Food

Brand AvgMarket Avg% From the Avg
Price per oz$0.22$0.26-15%
Price per 100 kcal$0.63$1.02-38%
Price per day$0.38$0.61-38%

Blue Buffalo dog food is priced below the average market price for dog food.

Blue Buffalo Nutrient Profile comparison

Wet Dog Food

Brand AvgMarket Avg% From the Avg
Protein 40.99% 43.24% -5%
Fat 26.87% 22.90% 17%
Fiber 7.25% 7.03% 3%

Dry Dog Food

Brand AvgMarket Avg% From the Avg
Protein 28.61% 30.01% -5%
Fat 15.13% 15.98% -5%
Fiber 7.02% 5.38% 30%

Dry Senior Dog Food

Brand AvgMarket Avg% From the Avg
Protein 24.60% 28.36% -13%
Fat 12.22% 13.52% -10%
Fiber 7.62% 5.43% 40%

Wet Senior Dog Food

Brand AvgMarket Avg% From the Avg
Protein 35.61% 34.21% 4%
Fat 25.76% 19.12% 35%
Fiber 7.58% 9.79% -23%

All of Blue Buffalo dog food recipes meets AAFCO's minimum requirements.

Recall History

The following list (if present) shows all dog food recalls related to Blue Buffalo Dog Food Review since 2009. If no recalls are listed, no recall events have been reported.

Blue Buffalo - Dog Food (05/31/2016) -+
Company Name:Blue Buffalo
Product Description:Dog Food
Recall Reason:Possible mold
Blue Buffalo - Dog Food (02/13/2017) -+
Company Name:The Blue Buffalo Company
Product Description:Dog Food
Recall Reason:Potential for metal contamination
Blue Buffalo - Dog Food (02/28/2017) -+
Company Name:Blue Buffalo Company, Ltd.
Product Description:Dog Food
Recall Reason:Packaging quality

Lawsuit History

January 2020 - Blue Buffalo is being sued for $5 million. The litigation against the company comes on behalf of Shannon Walton, who’s suing the company under the premise that one of its recipes caused her dog, Tucker, to become overweight and develop diabetes.  Her basis for the lawsuit is that although Blue Buffalo claims its recipes are inspired by the ancestral diets of wolves, they’re high in dietary carbohydrates that animals would not find in the wild. 

June 2017 - Blue Buffalo Class Action Lawsuit was filed and dismissed  for “failing to disclose the presence of dangerous substances in its pet food products which were filed in California Federal Court. The 24-page lawsuit was filed after the plaintiff’s dog, a 4-year old Cocker Spaniel/Poodle mix, suffered from kidney disease and finally kidney failure as a result of ingesting the tainted Blue Buffalo dog food.

September 2015 - Blue Buffalo settled a false advertising class action lawsuit leveled against it because of ingredients adulterated with poultry by-product meal. Under the terms of the agreement, Blue Buffalo had to pay US$32 million into a settlement fund to settle the claims of the plaintiffs. 

May 2014 - Purina filed a lawsuit against Blue Buffalo for false advertising of pet food after testing revealed the presence of poultry by-product meal in some of Blue Buffalo’s top-selling pet foods. The false advertising of pet food lawsuits claimed that some Blue Buffalo products were not consistent with the company’s True Blue Promise, which stated that the products are “formulated with the finest natural ingredients” and made with “no chicken/poultry by-products meals; no corn, wheat or soy; and no artificial preservatives, colors or flavors. Blue Buffalo had to pay US$32 million into a settlement fund to settle the claims of the plaintiff class.

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faq-item-image Who owns Blue Buffalo dog food?

Blue Buffalo is owned by Blue Buffalo Company, Ltd..

faq-item-image Where is Blue Buffalo dog food made?

Blue Buffalo is manufactured in the United States .

faq-item-image Is Blue Buffalo AAFCO approved?

Yes, all of Blue Buffalo recipes are AAFCO approved.

faq-item-image Has Blue Buffalo dog food been recalled?

Blue Buffalo has been recalled 3 times in the years 2016, and 2017.

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