If you’ve come here looking for a decent dog food with a long standing reputation, but can’t afford the crazy price tag of other brands in the best rated list, then I think you’ve come to the right place. If you’re like me, with a dog who can eat a lot, then finding a good, reliable, and affordable dog food makes a big difference to the budget.
I’ve fed Taste of the Wild on and off for many years to my own dogs, and they’ve done really well on it. Usually I combine it with a fresh or dried raw food like Lyka or Frontier Pets – this helps add some top notch foods to their diet without me needing to up the mortgage on the house.
For the sake of the Taste of the Wild dog food review I’ll focus on the High Prairie formula. It’s the most popular formula and readily available at Pet Circle, , et al (prices below)!
Taste of the Wild dog food review
What the marketing says
Taste of the Wild is made by Diamond Pet Foods in the USA, a company with a strong focus on food safety. Their pet foods aim to mimic a natural diet rich in meat proteins, yet for an affordable price. That makes Taste of the Wild dog food a good option for those looking for a decent product, but can’t afford some of the more expensive dog foods highly rated on this website.
The Taste of the Wild website states “dogs and cats still share the DNA of the ancient canine or wild cat”, and accordingly the products are made using high quality meats as well as fresh vegetables and probiotics. It’s also nice to see they use chelated minerals, which are more readily absorbed and a sign of a quality pet food.
Let’s dig in to the ingredients of Taste of the Wild High Prairie dog food to see what it really tells us about the food…
What the labelling really says
Taste of the Wild dog food has an emphasis on a primitive canine diet, and the high protein (32%) and fat (18%) content is testament to that. Based on the guaranteed analysis we can guesstimate around 30% carbs which is great to see for a dry dog food. Taste of the Wild really stands out compared to many other dog foods, especially against those you find in the supermarkets which are much less protein, much less fat, and much higher carbs (sugars).
We find three meat ingredients at the top of the list, a combo of bison, lamb meal, and chicken meal. This packs a punch, but we’re also told bison is 12% of the product. It’s possible the first six ingredients are also 12%, making the food 24% potato (sweet & regular), and 12% peas.
In addition to the top three meats we also find beef, venison, eggs, and fish meal, so this should really push the animal constituents in the food to above 50%. That’s really good.
The main carb source in the food is sweet potatoes, an excellent low GI option and a better alternative to many grains or even potatoes.
As a whole the ingredients feel balanced and there aren’t any nasties. It’s preserved naturally rather than with chemicals. All in all it really stacks up as a good formula with high protein, high fat, low carbs. Recommended.
If our Taste of the Wild dog food review has helped, or you have experience feeding this brand, then please let us know in the comments below.
Where to buy Taste of the Wild
Taste of the Wild products
The Taste of the Wild dog food review covers the following products:
- Taste of the Wild High Prairie (Bison & Venison) including Puppy.
- Taste of the Wild Pacific Stream (Smoked Salmon) including Puppy.
- Taste of the Wild Wetlands (Roasted Fowl)
- Taste of the Wild Mountain (Roasted Lamb)
- Taste of the Wild Southwest Canyon (Wild Boar)
- Taste of the Wild Pine Forest (Venison)
- Taste of the Wild Rocky Mountain (Salmon)
Taste of the Wild also offer a limited ingredient PREY range of dog foods.
Taste of the Wild Commitment to Safety
This video highlights the commitment to safety undertaken by Taste of the Wild manufacturer Diamond, and is certainly worth watching:
Taste of the Wild Ingredients
The ingredients of Taste of the Wild dry dog food (as of March 2021) is as follows:
Bison (12%), lamb meat meal, chicken Meal, sweet potatoes, peas, potatoes, chicken Fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), egg products, beef, roasted venison (4%), tomato pomace, potato protein, pea protein, ocean fish meal, minerals, dried chicory roots, tomatoes, blueberries, raspberries, yucca schidigera extract.
Taste of the Wild Guaranteed Analysis
The guaranteed analysis of Taste of the Wild dry dog food (as of March 2021) is as follows:
|Crude Fibre||(max) 3%|
|Carbohydrates *||Estimated 30.8%|
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Decent high protein / high fat / low carb food
- High meat content
- High protein and fat
- Low carbs.