Written by: Dr. Joanna Hardy | April 24, 2019 |

Blue Buffalo Family Favorites Formula Review

We take an in-depth look at the Family Favorite Recipes from Blue Buffalo. We chose and analyzed one product to serve as the representative for this line as a whole.

Overall Customer Rating:

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Blue Buffalo’s Family Favorite Recipes Formula is a product range inspired by those family meals which everyone enjoys whilst sitting around the table together, including doggo near the table!

This formula is has been developed as a grain-free nutritious meal, with added minerals and vitamins for a healthy active lifestyle.

By analyzing the ingredients in the recipe, a lot can be told about the quality of the food.For example, a high meat to starch ratio is a sign of good quality, as is if the main protein source is of real meat origin.

Does the Family Favorites formula meet the criteria of a top quality option? Let’s find out!

Quick overview:

Comprised of 6 canned dog foods.

Real meat protein-rich chicken as 1st ingredients, plus green beans, carrots, potatoes. 

Natural dog food with added vitamins & minerals.

So: Does the Blue Buffalo Family Favorite Recipes really bring the family together in a consensus on how good this dog food is? Let’s find out!

Featured Product

Blue Buffalo Family Favorites Sunday Chicken Dinner was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Blue Buffalo Family Favorite Recipes Review

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Blue Buffalo's Sunday Chicken Dinner is inspired by Dad’s favorite meal, where the whole family sits around the table and enjoys a hearty meal together. Specifically this recipe has been formulated so dogs can also join in with this family feast, and enjoy its delicious flavor.

Made with high quality real chicken providing essential amino acids, none of the grains that contain gluten and made without wheat! This wet dog food is targeted at adult dogs, and is enhanced with vitamins and minerals.

Blue Buffalo Family Favorite Recipes Sunday Chicken Dinner recipe is by our standards a top quality dog food, earning the highest rating of 5 out of 5 paws on its nutritional analysis and ingredient list.

Delicious, protein-rich chicken.

No corn, wheat or soy.

Added minerals and vitamins.

Grain free.

No chicken or poultry by-product meals.

No artificial colorants or preservatives.

Blue Buffalo has created a recipe which is fortified with vitamins and minerals, to help promote a healthy, active lifestyle. Below we will look at some of the main ingredients which contribute to these properties.

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List of all available recipes:

The Blue Buffalo Family Favorite Recipes line range comprises of 6 canned dog foods.

Each listed formula specifies which AAFCO nutrient profile it is produced for: Growth, Maintenance, All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified [1].

  • Blue Buffalo Family Favorites Turducken [M] [Canned]
  • Blue Buffalo Family Favorites Backyard BBQ [M] [Canned]
  • Blue Buffalo Family Favorites Shepherd’s Pie [M] [Canned]
  • Blue Buffalo Family Favorites Turkey Day Feast [M] [Canned]
  • Blue Buffalo Family Favorites Mom’s Chicken Pie [M] [Canned]
  • Blue Buffalo Family Favorites Sunday Chicken Dinner [M] [Canned]

Ingredient Analysis

Quick Peek of What's Inside

  • Quality

    Chicken, Chicken Liver, Dried Egg Product

  • Questionable

    Caramel, Potatoes

  • Potential Allergens

    Chicken, Chicken Liver, Dried Egg

DOG FOOD LABELING

In the United States, the guidelines for pet food ingredient labels are established by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) and individual state regulations.

The AAFCO requires that ingredients must be listed in descending order of weight (including water weight). This means that ingredients that appear at the top of the ingredient list — typically the main proteins, carbs, and fat sources — are present in higher amounts by weight in the food than items at the bottom.(2)

Although it is difficult to determine how much of an ingredient is actually in the food (due to high water content in meats and vegetables), you can assume that the first few ingredients are in the highest amounts. Therefore, the first few ingredients of a dog food can tell you a lot about the quality of the product.

FIRST FIVE INGREDIENTS

Since ingredients on dog food labels must be listed in descending order by weight, analyzing the first five ingredients has become a popular way of sifting the good from the bad at a glance. Blue Buffalo Family Favorites Sunday Chicken Dinner formula includes the following ingredients. 

Chicken, Chicken Broth & Chicken Liver

Chicken is an excellent protein-source, to provide the dog with plenty of energy and amino acids that are needed for building up healthy muscles.

Like chicken, chicken liver has been added to also provide more protein. It is an organ in the chicken and is also high in iron, a mineral essential in the creation of red blood cells.

Dried Egg Product

Dried egg has been added to the recipe which is an excellent source of protein. It is extremely easy to digest and has a high biological value, which means it can easily be utilized in the body.

Carrots

Carrots are the main source of vitamin A in this recipe, which is essential for maintaining healthy eye, brain and skin health.

Other Ingredients

Potatoes and potato starch also contribute to the carbohydrate content of this recipe and are a fairly cheap ingredient. They keep the immune system healthy with plenty of vitamins B and C.

Green beans are packed full of minerals, vitamins and fiber. Fiber is essential in maintaining the water balance in the guts to make sure the stools stay consistent.

Guar gum is a binding agent added to glue all the ingredients together. It doesn’t add any nutritional value, but is perfectly safe for dogs to eat.

To give the food a brown color, caramel has been used. This provides no nutritional value though.

Plenty of vitamins and minerals have been added to the recipe to ensure a fully balanced meal.

Listed ingredients: Chicken, Chicken Broth, Water, Chicken Liver, Dried Egg Product, Carrots, Potatoes, Green Beans, Potato Starch, Guar Gum, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Calcium Carbonate, Natural Flavor, Caramel Color, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Choline Chloride, Vitamin E Supplement, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Sodium Selenite, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Cobalt Amino Acid Chelate, Niacin Supplement (Vitamin B3), Calcium Pantothenate (Vitamin B5), Vitamin A Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement (Vitamin B2), Biotin (Vitamin B7), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Potassium Iodide, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid (Vitamin B9).

Nutrition Analysis

ⓘ All the product information on this page is based on data collected from the manufacturer's product website on April 2nd 2019. Blue Buffalo no longer advertises the Family Favorites range on their website and so the nutritional analysis cannot be provided in full. If something changed, please let us know.

Fatty Acids

[N/A] Omega-3 & [N/A] Omega-6

Major sources of energy. The Dog Food Project’s Sabine Contreras states: “Independent researcher Dr. Doug Bibus (formerly University of Minnesota) completed a fatty acid study with dogs and recommends a ratio between 2:1 and 4:1. Personally, I believe that a quality food should contain a ratio of at least 7:1, the lower the better, especially if skin and/or coat problems are present. When my dog suffered from severe flea allergy dermatitis I switched to a food with a ratio of 2.5:1 and had great results within just a few weeks.”

Metabolizable Energy

N/A (ME in Kcal/kg)

ME is defined as the amount of energy available from pet food once the energy from feces, urine, and combustible gases has been subtracted. Essentially, ME is the energy left for your pet's body to use once all digestion is complete.

Note: That some nutritional percentages reported are only estimated values, and are indicated as such as (est). Each dog food manufacturer is required by law to publish a Guaranteed Analysis, which defines each product’s maximum values of fiber, moisture and ash in addition to the minimum values of protein and fat contained within. Exact nutritional percentages are not available and hence all calculated values (including carbohydrate percentages and calorie amounts) are determined using these minimum and maximum published values and therefore may differ from actual values.

GUARANTEED ANALYSIS

ⓘ Nutritional information as published by the dog food manufacturer.

 

PROTEIN

0%

(minimum)
FAT

0%

(minimum)
FIBER

0%

(maximum)
CARBS

0%

N/A
ASH

0%

N/A
MOISTURE

0%

(maximum)

DRY MATTER ANALYSIS

ⓘ The manufacturer's published guaranteed analysis values normalized for moisture content.

PROTEIN

0%

(minimum)
FAT

0%

(minimum)
FIBER

0%

(maximum)
CARBS

0%

N/A
ASH

0%

N/A
CALORIES

0

(kcal/kg dry matter)

CALORIE BREAKDOWN

Using the calculations provided by the AAFCO, Blue Buffalo Family Favorite Recipes Sunday Chicken Dinner formula has approximately 901 kcals/lg or 318 kcals/can. The percentages of proteins, carbohydrates and fats are not disclosed by Blue Buffalo.

VITAMINS, MINERALS & OTHERS

To ensure the diet is balanced, healthy and optimal to promote a healthy immune system, vitamins and minerals are carefully added in perfect concentrations. The following displays whether the nutrients are present (Y) or not (N) in the recipe.

Vitamins & Others

Biotin

Choline

Folic Acid

Niacin

Pantothenic Acid

Pyridoxine

Riboflavin

Taurine

Thiamine

Vitamin A

Vitamin B12

Vitamin D

Vitamin E

Vitamin K

Micro-Minerals

Calcium

Chloride

Magnesium

Phosphorus

Potassium

Sodium

Macro-Minerals

Chromium

Cobalt

Fluorine

Copper

Iodine

Iron

Manganese

Molybdenum

Selenium

Silicon

Zinc

Sulfur

Customer Sentiment

What do the customers say about Blue Buffalo Family Favorites Sunday Chicken Dinner Formula?

As for the recipe, and the food itself, there is nothing but glowing comments. Dogs love the food, and many people have commented how even their fussy dogs will wolf down this food.

Also, some owners have mentioned how their dogs, who usually have itchy skin, have greatly benefited from this grain-free diet. The amount of scratching had reduced and they had much happier dogs.

The negative comments about this formula range have mainly been about Blue Buffalo themselves; that the cans are easily dented and a portion of them arriving damaged, and also one consumer commented that one of their cans was mislabeled and wasn’t Sunday Dinner like they thought.

What about you? Have any experience feeding this food? Let us know below.

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Final Verdict on Blue Buffalo Family Favorite Recipes

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After taking an in-depth look at the Family Favorites Recipes from Blue Buffalo and the Sunday Chicken Dinner formula and it's ingredients specifically, we highly recommend this product line for owners looking to feed their loved dogs a quality dog food.

It's a worthy meat based grain-free canned dog food that incorporates a good amount of named meats as it's main source of animal protein.

Meal frequency: Feed approximately 1 to 1½ cans for every 10 lbs. of body weight per day. Be sure to refrigerate after opening for preservation.

Sizes: Available in 12.5 cans.

In a few words: A natural wet dog food providing high-quality real protein-rich chicken and healthy veggies enhanced with minerals and vitamins.

Note: Individual dog's requirements may vary due to age, breed, environment, and activity level. Adjust food as required to maintain optimal body condition, and ask your veterinarian if you are unsure.

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Citations

  1. Dzanis, D.A., 1994. The Association of American Feed Control Officials dog and cat food nutrient profiles: Substantiation of nutritional adequacy of complete and balanced pet foods in the United States. The Journal of nutrition, 124(suppl_12), pp.2535S-2539S.

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About the Author

Dr. Joanna Hardy

Dr. Joanna Hardy

Dr. Joanna de Klerk, BVetMed (hons) MScTAH MRCVS or simply, Jo. Graduated from the prestigious Royal Veterinary College in London and works as a veterinarian for dogs, cats and horses. She has a particular interest in nutrition, pain management, neurological disorders and welfare. She has written two books 'Tales from a Young Vet' and 'Tales from a Wild Vet', and enjoys volunteering as a vet for various charities, from which tales are recounted in the books. She has two dogs, a nutty Springer Spaniel, and a shy little Yorkshire Terrier, and in her spare time enjoys walking, horseback riding and music.

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