Taste of the Wild Review | Best of the Brand (2019)

After losing my childhood dog to cancer, I knew one thing for sure when I got a new puppy—I wanted to feed him only the best, and I wanted to try my best to feed him as close to the diet he would have if he wasn’t a pet as possible.

In my search, it, of course, made sense to try Taste of the Wild, being the name itself implies its a unique dog food brand that promises your dog a diet closer to that of his cousins in the wild. Now having tried many of their formulas for my pouch, I thought it useful to write up some Taste of the Wild reviews.

Taste of the Wild Best Dog Food

If you don’t have time to read this entire review, the most popular of the foods I tried is the Pacific Stream Canine Recipe as it contains real smoked salmon fish and fresh fruits and veggies. It is an antioxidant-rich, grain-free, and dog taste test-approved recipe that promotes a healthy and energetic pup.

 

Taste of The Wild Dog Food Reviews

High Prairie Canine Recipe with Roasted Bison and Roasted Venison

High Prairie Canine Recipe is a delicious real meat dog food that is loved by thousands of dogs. It is a healthy blend of high-quality meat proteins like bison and venison and natural fruits and veggies.

 

Features

  • 32 percent protein
  • 18 percent fat
  • 4 percent fiber
  • 10 percent moisture content
  • Made with pasture-raised bison and venison
  • Includes dried chicory root

 

This food is a grain-free roasted bison and venison treat that your dogs will love. It has a high protein content that supports healthy muscle development as well as enough energy to play all day every day. It is made from natural ingredients that are rich in antioxidants for a robust immune system. It’s Omega 6, and Omega 3 combination will leave your dog with a shiny fur and healthy skin.

There isn’t really anything to complain about when it comes to High Prairie canine recipe except that it contains peas and protein and not a 100-percent meat protein.

 

Pros

  • High-quality meat protein
  • Does not contain grains
  • Has a balanced nutritional content

 

Cons

  • Contains peas and potato protein
  • Slightly low levels of omega fatty acids

 

This is a high-quality dog food packed with high-quality proteins for your dog’s muscle development. It contains a healthy dose of fruits and veggies rich in vitamins and antioxidants for strong immunity and great skin. It is highly digestible and well suited for the majority of dogs.

 

Overall score: 4.6/5

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Pine Forest Canine Recipe

Pine Forest is another favorite in my Taste of the Wild dog food reviews. It features real pasture-raised venison as the first ingredient in addition to a host of wholesome veggies and legumes. This high-protein dry dog food is rich in antioxidants that work wonders for a dog’s immunity.

 

Features

  • 28 percent protein
  • 15 percent fat
  • 5.5 percent fiber
  • 10 percent moisture content
  • Pasture-raised venison
  • 337 kcal/cup

 

One of my favorite ingredients in this recipe is the dried chicory root. It is a wonderful probiotic fiber that helps in digestion and absorption of food by your dog. The formula also contains a healthy dose of DHA to help your dog develop a keen sense of intelligence and antioxidants that promote a healthy immune system.

It may not be suitable for dogs with allergies and sensitivities as it contains some ingredients that some dogs are allergic to, though.

 

Pros

  • Zero-grain dog food
  • Can be fed to both puppies and adults
  • Has dense-nutrients ingredients
  • Abundant fiber makes it easy to digest

 

Cons

  • Contains vegetable by-products

 

Pine Forest Canine recipe is a great dog food that promotes healthy development and wellbeing in dogs. It is full of natural ingredients that nourish as well as tickle the taste buds of your best friends. It provides high energy for puppies and active dogs alike.

 

Overall Score: 4.1/5

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Appalachian Valley Small Breed Canine Recipe

This dog food recipe has small-sized kibbles that are characteristic of typical small breed dog foods. Like most of the foods in my Taste of The Wild reviews, this small breed dog has high-quality proteins, natural veggies, and legumes. It is rich in energy that small active dogs require.

 

Features

  • 32 percent protein
  • 18 percent fat
  • 4 percent fiber
  • 10 percent moisture content
  • Made with real lamb
  • 370 kcal/cup

 

Small breed puppies and dogs need high amounts of protein and fats to grow strong and remain active. That’s why this recipe has pasture-raised venison as its first ingredient plus a host of legumes rich in proteins and minerals. It also contains species-specific antibiotics to help with your puppy’s digestion and reduce digestive issues.

Other than venison, there is duck and lamb protein as well as plant protein from peas. This is a positive point for most, but some dogs don’t like animal proteins.

 

Pros

  • Has a variety of meat protein
  • A well-balanced diet for small breed dogs and puppies
  • Small kibble sizes
  • Contain antioxidants and probiotics for a healthy immune system

 

Cons

  • Contains pea protein

 

Small breed puppies have different dietary requirements compared to larger breed dogs. They need more energy and proteins to sustain their growth as well as active life. Appalachian Valley Small Breed Canine Recipe is a balanced small breed dog food that provides all that and so much more. It is a treat that your dog will wag his tail while devouring.

 

Overall Score: 4.2/5

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Wetlands Canine Recipe

Wetlands Canine Recipe is an adult dog food that utilizes multiple protein sources to ensure your dog develops lean and strong muscles. It is specially formulated with high-quality natural ingredients that promote growth and development of your dog as well as supplying all the energy it needs to play all day.

 

Features

  • 32 percent protein
  • 18 percent fat
  • 4 percent fiber
  • 10 percent moisture content
  • Made with roasted quail, roasted duck, and smoked turkey
  • 375 kcal/cup

 

This dog food is unique because the majority of its protein is sourced from real poultry such as duck, quail, and turkey. It has a flavor your dog is sure to love that is made from natural ingredients designed to maximize growth and wellbeing. It contains a blend of nutrients and antioxidants for a robust immune system.

Having several sources of ingredients and proteins means that some dogs may have allergic reactions to some ingredients. This formula may not be suitable for dogs with sensitivities.

 

Pros

  • Multiple high-quality proteins sources
  • Well-balanced nutritious content
  • Rich in antioxidants to boost immunity

 

Cons

  • Low levels of amino 3 and 6 acids

 

This mix of poultry protein has a savory taste that is the ultimate dog food flavor. It is also full of nutrients and energy. Your dogs are going to love roasted quail, duck, and turkey flavors combined as wells as process the lean protein quite easily. It is an excellent alternative to the other dry dog foods in our Taste of the Wild puppy reviews and adult food reviews.

 

Overall Score: 4.6/5

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Taste of the Wild Puppy Food Reviews

High Prairie Puppy Recipe

This a highly digestible high-protein puppy food designed for growing pups. It has small kibbles that are easy to bite for the little guys with each kibble packed with energy, antioxidants, and brain-boosting DHA.

 

Features

  • 28 percent protein
  • 17 percent fat
  • 5 percent fiber
  • 10 percent moisture content
  • Made with real roasted venison and bison
  • 364 kcal/cup

 

High Prairie is a specially formulated recipe for puppies. It is a real-meat flavored treat that your puppies are going to love. With its fish oil DHA, your puppy will develop beautiful fur and healthy skin. It contains the right amount of calcium for strong teeth and bone development.

The good thing about High Prairie Puppy recipe is that it is not just limited to puppies, you can feed it to your pregnant or nursing dog as well as adult dogs too.

 

Pros

  • Small Kibble size
  • Contains species-specific probiotics for improved immunity and digestion
  • Contains fish oil DHA for improved intelligence
  • High protein and fat levels for growth and energy

 

Cons

  • Includes egg product
  • Contains peas protein

 

This food is a savory treat for your growing puppies. It has all the ingredients needed for healthy puppy development and growth as well as enough energy to keep your puppy playful throughout the day.

 

Overall Score: 4.3/5

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Pacific Stream Puppy Recipe

The Pacific Stream formula is a special puppy food that contains smoked salmon as its first ingredient. It has no chicken or beef protein and so is suitable for dogs that have those meat allergies. This tasty fish puppy food has a vibrant mix of fruits, carbs, and vitamins for your puppy’s growth.

 

Features

  • 27 percent protein
  • 15 percent fat
  • 5 percent fiber
  • 10 percent moisture content
  • Smoked Salmon
  • 360 kcal/cup

 

One of the things I found interesting about this recipe is the presence of tomato pomace. It is made of tomato seed, skin, and pulp and contains highly soluble fiber. This fiber makes it easy for your puppy to digest and process his food.

This puppy food is also rich in fish oil DHA that promotes healthy brain development, not to mention the high-quality fish protein that promotes strong muscle development.

The only point of concern for me was the lack of veggies. There aren’t a lot of vegetables in this recipe. However, that is what makes this puppy food suitable for puppies with allergies.

 

Pros

  • Does not contain grain
  • High-quality and sustainably sourced salmon
  • Contains soluble fibers from tomato pomace
  • Healthy does of omega 6 and 3 fatty acids that promote a shiny coat

 

Cons

  • Has high levels of carbs
  • Limited selection of veggies

 

Does your dog have a meat allergy? This blend is one of those puppy foods that every dog will love. It has a long list of ingredients that are naturally and selectively sourced to give your dog all the nutrients it needs to grow.

 

Overall Score: 4.1/5

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Taste of the Wild Wet Dog Food Reviews

Sierra Mountain Canine Recipe

Sierra Mountain Canine Recipe is a great compliment to the dry puppy foods in my Taste of The Wild Puppy Reviews. It has a rich lamb broth that is overflowing with nutritious goodies. Your puppies will love the taste of real lamb mixed with other natural and well-selected ingredients.

 

Features

  • 8 percent protein
  • 4.5 percent fat
  • 1 percent fiber
  • 82 percent moisture content
  • 396 kcal/can
  • Made with real lamb

 

This lamb recipe is for both adult dogs and puppies and is made from real roasted lamb. It is packed with essential vitamins and amino acids for healthy immunity and great skin. Its high-quality lamb protein makes it ideal for stronger muscles and enough energy to play every day.

If your dog is allergic to eggs or egg products, you may want to stay away from this product, though.

 

Pros

  • Has zero artificial flavors and additives
  • Does not contain any grain
  • High-quality lamb protein
  • Easy to measure for both adult dogs and puppies

 

Cons

  • Has a high carb content
  • Includes egg product

 

This healthy lamb broth is packed with antioxidants, veggies, and hearty roasted lamb that puppies and dogs love. It is easy to measure, and each serving contains a high number of calories that will leave your dog energetic.

 

Overall Score: 4.2/5

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High Prairie Canine Formula

This wet formula is yet another great complement to the dry foods from my Taste of the Wild food reviews. It has an excellent animal protein mix from bison, lamb, venison, and ocean fish. This nutritious broth has a unique, delicious taste that dogs can’t simply resist.

 

Features

  • 8 percent protein
  • 4 percent fat
  • 1 percent fiber
  • 82 percent moisture content
  • Made with bison, lamb, venison, and ocean fish
  • 370 kcal/can

 

Are you looking for something to mix with your Taste of the Wild dry dog food? This is an excellent wet dog food that is full of good old-fashioned animal proteins that dogs really love. It has a blend of minerals that promote strong teeth and bones as well as a beautiful coat.

This food is a rich meal that packs enough calories for an active dog. It contains dried egg products as well as pea protein, though. Some dogs tend to have an allergy towards chicken and chicken by-products.

 

Pros

  • High-quality animal meat protein from bison, lamb, ocean fish and venison
  • Rich source of antioxidants from tomatoes, blueberries, and raspberries
  • Contains DHA from ocean fish
  • Highly digestible with prebiotic fibers

 

Cons

  • Includes egg product
  • Has low omega 3 levels

 

This is a fantastic wet dog food that can be mixed with other dry dog foods or used by its own. It has a rich flavor and is full of natural and healthy nutrients for your dog’s development. If you want an easily digestible dog food, this is the right one for you.

 

Overall Score: 4.3/5

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Pacific Stream Canine Formula

Pacific Stream Canine Formula is a delicious wet dog food that can be mixed with any of the dry fog foods from our Taste of the Wild reviews. It is a super-rich wet dog food overflowing with nutrients and savory flavors that all dogs love. Made with high-quality proteins such as whitefish, salmon, turkey, and dried egg whites, it will give you dogs the energy it needs to get through the day.

 

Key Features

  • 8 percent protein
  • 4.5 percent fat
  • 1 percent fiber
  • 82 percent moisture content
  • Smoked Salmon
  • 374 kcal/can

 

This is a versatile dog food that can be fed to both puppies and adult dogs. You can blend it with the dry puppy food from these Taste of the Wild puppy reviews or feed it just on its own. This recipe has a healthy dose of animal, fish, and pea protein. It provides all the ingredients for lean muscle development. It is a delicious treat your dogs will have a hard time resisting.

I notice that the formula contains egg whites as well as some pea proteins. Some dogs have a problem with chicken and chicken by-products.

 

Pros

  • Protein-rich for strong and lean muscles
  • Contains Omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids for beautiful skin and coat
  • Gluten free
  • Fiber-rich for great digestion

 

Cons

  • Unsuitable for dogs with sensitivities

 

This food is a tasty treat for dogs of all sizes and ages. It is a grain-free high-quality protein dog food that supports a strong and well-developed dog.

 

Overall Score: 4.4/5

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Taste of the Wild Overview

Taste of the Wild is a dog food brand that was brought into the market in 2007 by Diamond Pet Food. Based in Missouri, it manufactures all its pet foods in the USA in four undisclosed manufacturing facilities across different state lines.

The company has earned a reputation globally for manufacturing high-quality canine and feline foods with natural and specially selected ingredients.

 

Why Taste of the Wild Dog Food?

One thing that genuinely makes Taste of the Wild stand out is their choice of ingredients. The brand promises to give your pets a taste of how they would have eaten in the wild. Its foods utilize how quality ingredients that are rich in flavor and nutrients.

Its proteins are sourced from real animals and fish that are sustainably raised or fished. They use ingredients such as bison, venison, and quail that are usually eaten by dogs in the wild. The meats are tested for hormones and antibiotics while being processed. Once processed, the meat is preserved using natural preservatives. This commitment to authenticity is what makes them stand out among their competitors.

Every ingredient, including vegetables and fruits, undergo thorough screening to ensure they do not contain toxins. If toxins are found, that particular ingredient is discarded.

Taste of The Wild is also a favorite because it offers a lot of choices to pet owners. The brand comes in a number of flavors and with different targets. There are foods designed for puppies, while others are for adults and aged dogs. There are also breed specific foods that cater to the unique needs of that particular breed.

Unlike other dog food manufacturers, Taste of the Wild is a 100-percent grain-free. This aspect makes it a perfect choice for pet wonders with sensitivities. Their dog and puppy foods also include prebiotic microorganisms that promote a healthy digestive system.

 

FAQS

What are probiotics, and why are they included in Taste of the Wild dog food?

Probiotics are good bacteria that help your pet digest food better. There are both good and bad bacteria. The bad ones can make your dog sick, while the good ones help your dog break down food for easy absorption. Most of Taste of the Wild food includes this wonderful microorganism to ensure your puppy or dog gets the maximum nutrients from what it eats.

How do I measure my dog’s food?

Every dog recipe includes feeding instructions for your dogs. The amount of food your dog takes depends on several factors such as age, size, and breed. Observe the easy-to-follow feeding instructions to ensure your puppy or dog is not malnourished.

What is the difference between large breed and small breed Taste of the Wild formulas?

Large and small breeds have different dietary requirements. Small breed dogs are more active than large breed dogs and so need more protein and energy compared to their larger relatives. Smaller dogs also often prefer smaller kibbles. Each formula caters to the needs of that particular breed.

 

Final Thoughts

From my reviews, this is a premium dog and cat food brand that offers high-quality cat and dog food. It strict adheres to high-quality standards when sourcing and formulating ingredients. The result of all this is a top-of-the-line dog food with worldwide popularity and presence.

Taste of The Wild offers a variety of dog of both dog and cat foods that cater to different sizes, breeds, ages, and medical requirements. The thing that unites all the different dry and wet foods is their unique, delicious flavors that canines and felines around the world love. Taste of the Wild is a premium brand worth its mettle.

Royal Canin and Hill’s Science Diet are close competitors if you are looking for alternatives.

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