Blue Buffalo Life Protection Formula Natural Adult Small Breed Dry Dog Food

  • Real Chicken First Ingredient
  • High quality Protein 
  • NO Chicken (or Poultry) By-Product Meals
  • NO Corn, Wheat or Soy
  • NO Artificial Flavors or Preservatives
  • Not recommended for Puppies

Blue Buffalo Co., Ltd.

Blue Buffalo is American based company General Mills started in 2003, manufactured their food in America in two factories located in  Richmond, Indiana and Joplin, Missouri.

They used high-quality natural ingredients with real meat. They never used any corn, wheat, soy and no poultry by-product meals.

NOTE: Data obtained from Blue Buffalo website.

21 Recipe of Blue Buffalo life protection Formula Dry Food

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Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal, Brown Rice, Oatmeal, Barley, Menhaden Fish Meal (source of Omega 3 Fatty Acids), Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Flaxseed (source of Omega 6 Fatty Acids), Natural Flavor, Pea Starch, Dried Tomato Pomace, Peas, Pea Protein, Dried Egg Product, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Dehydrated Alfalfa Meal, Potatoes, Dried Chicory Root, Pea Fiber, Alfalfa Nutrient Concentrate, Calcium Carbonate, Choline Chloride, DL-Methionine, Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols, Sweet Potatoes, Carrots, Garlic, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Zinc Sulfate, Vegetable Juice for color, Ferrous Sulfate, Vitamin E Supplement, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Blueberries, Cranberries, Barley-Grass, Parsley, Turmeric, Dried Kelp, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Glucosamine Hydrochloride, Niacin (Vitamin B3), Calcium Pantothenate (Vitamin B5), L-Carnitine, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), L-Lysine, Copper Sulfate, Biotin (Vitamin B7), Vitamin A Supplement, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Manganese Sulfate, Taurine, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Calcium Iodate, Dried Yeast, Dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product, Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, 
Dried Aspergillus niger fermentation extract, Dried Trichoderma longibrachiatum fermentation extract, Dried Bacillus subtilis fermentation extract, Folic Acid (Vitamin B9), Sodium Selenite, Oil of Rosemary.

The main ingredients in Blue Buffalo life protection Chicken and Brown rice formula are given below:

Deboned Chicken and chicken meal: Is the main source in this formula which is highly rich in protein. Protein helps to grow animals muscles and maintain energy.

Brown Rice and Barley: is the second most important ingredient which provides highly complex carbohydrates for energy and fiber and help to digest. 

Oatmeal: contains vitamin B, which helps maintain a healthy coat, and linoleic acid, which is a type of omega-6 fatty acid that helps to keep a dog’s skin strong and healthy.

Chickens Fats:  Chicken fat provides a balanced, high quality fat source to provide your dog or cat with energy, help their organs function properly, and support a healthy skin and coat and immune system.

Flaxseed: Flaxseed is filled with Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids. These fatty acids help keep your dog’s coat shiny and skin healthy. Flaxseed also contains alpha-linolenic acid, which is known for its anti-inflammatory properties – which can give your dog’s immune system a boost. If the dog consumes too many, it may experience diarrhea. 

Menhaden fish meal is a protein source that supports muscle development and energy.
Calcium Carbonate: is an essential mineral in your dog’s diet. It aids bone growth, teeth resilience, eyesight, and prevents clotting. If you do not feed your dog enough calcium, serious health repercussions can follow.

Zinc Amino Acid Chelate 2.Zinc Sulfate: is a supplement to zinc, which helps maintain healthy skin, hair, eyesight, taste and overall growth and development.

Pea Starch: Packed with the protein, vitamins, fiber and potassium that pets need, peas support a pet’s GI health.

Vitamin E Supplement: it is an essential ingredient in dog food. It is a fat-soluble antioxidant that supports dogs’ bodies in their ability to neutralize free radicals.
Dried Egg Product Dried egg product is a highly digestible, nutrient-rich ingredient that provides pets with protein and helps boost immunity.

Garlic: is supporting ingredient in the formula. which contain compounds called disulfides and thiosulphates which can be toxic if ingested

L-Lysine: is an essential amino acid that helps your pet’s body produce antibodies, hormones, and enzymes that boost the immune system. It also helps with calcium absorption (for strong bones) and collagen production (for healthy skin).


Dried Chicory Root Chicory root is a perennial Old World herb known as a prebiotic that helps promote a healthy digestive tract.

L-carnitine: is an essential amino acid that helps turn fat into useable energy in your dog’s body and is necessary for optimal heart, brain, and muscle function

Riboflavin: Supports digestion; Many of the enzymes in your dog’s body require riboflavin to break down protein, carbohydrates and fat, and turn them into energy. Without riboflavin, your dog could not digest these. Riboflavin plays a key role in repairing and growth of DNA.

Vitamin D3 Supplement: enhances the absorption of calcium in the intestines, as well as enhances the retention and bone deposition of calcium and phosphorous.

Folic acid: is an essential vitamin for dogs.

Sodium Selenite: It may be toxic to blood, kidneys, liver, skin, central nervous system of your pet.

Blue Buffalo Life Protection Formula Natural Adult Small Breed Dry Dog Food

Chart with and without Moisture

BLUE Life Protection Formula Chicken and Brown Rice Recipe Food for Adult Dogs has 10% of moisture in it. In order to get the exact level of nutrients present in it, we have to dry all the moisture after which we can compare its nutritional value with the other brands’ nutritional levels. In this case, After drying moisture the current levels of nutrition’s as shown in the table are:


 protein 26%, Fat 15%, Fiber 4%.


The main ingredient is Protein which is present in Deboned chicken, Chicken meal, Flaxseed, Pea products, Alfafa Products and dried yeast, still the ratio of protein is 29-73%, which is very good and on the higher side. 

Recommended Daily Feed

BLUE Life Protection Formula with Life Source Bits will provide your dog with superior nutrition plus a unique nutrient and antioxidant package specifically formulated for his needs.

Meal Frequency
Small Breed: 1 Meal Per Day
Medium/Large Breed: 2 Meals Per Day

Preparation Options
Dry – Crunchy and delicious nutrition nuggets and Life Source Bits right from the bag.

Dry with Water – Add warm water and mix to fully release flavors and aroma.

Fresh Water
Be sure to have a clean bowl of cool, fresh water available at all times.

Recommended Daily Feeding Chart

Weight in lbs                         Cups per day
 Up to 15 lbs                                ½ – 1 ¼
16 to 25 lbs.                                1 ¼ – 1 ¾
26 to 40 lbs.                               1 ¾ – 2 ½
41 to 60 lbs.                               2 ½ – 3 ½
61 to 80 lbs.                               3 ½ – 4 ¼
81 to 100 lbs.                              4 ¼ – 5
Over 100 lbs.                             Feed 5 cups plus ½ cup for each additional 20 lbs.

Calorie Content: 3,613 Kcals/kg, 377 Kcals/cup

*Use a standard 8-oz. measuring cup.

Note: Recommend Daily Feed is taken from Blue Buffalo website. 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.

Switch To Other Brand

It will take 07 – 10 days to ease the transition from his current food to other food. Each day, simply feed a little less of the previous food and a little more other brand food ONE until you’re feeding exclusively. This gradual transition will help avoid dietary upsets.
If you want to watch a video of the transitioning to other brand please click the image


Highly Recommeded

Rating 4.5

Overall it highly recommended and its must buy product.  

Blue Buffalo Chicken and Brown rice Recipe contains high protein level (Protein without moisture 29%) which is needed for adults for high energy and growth.

Frequently Asked Questions

The data has been taken from other websites. Editor will answer the questions from his/her knowledge.

The antibiotics and hormones ingested through food may overload pet’s system and that will open the way for disease. Those help animals to grow weight and growth.

It influences canine social behaviors and aggression.

Blue Buffalo do not use products ( beef & Poultry) which contains antibiotics or hormones 

Blue Buffalo life protection formula beef and brown rice recipe is for adult all breed dogs.

As discussed above, Blue Buffalo is an American company and has strict policy of NO CHINA products. They manufacture foods and treats in USA. They buy most of the ingredients from USA but if its not readily available or the if the quality of the ingredients is not FDA or USDA not approved then they go for well reputed foreign companies  but source as many ingredients as possible from the U.S. Most of their grains and meats come from the USA. There are occasions when they source meat from other countries. For example, the lamb can be free range from the USA, Australia or New Zealand. When the ingredients are not readily available in the U.S., such as vitamins, minerals and other nutrients, their suppliers work with only reputable foreign companies, and subject all ingredients to rigorous quality testing. None of their meats or grains are sourced from China. All of their ingredients are USDA or FDA approved and inspected as applicable.

The 15-pound bag is not resealable. Any Blue Buffalo bags that are 7 pounds and under will have the resealable feature, except for the 4 pound Toy Breed bags.

This recipe contains approximately 0.5% Omega 3 Fatty Acids and 3.0% Omega 6 Fatty Acids.

Blue buffalo recommend at least a 7 – 10 day transition before you begin feeding the new formula exclusively. Start by mixing 75% of the old diet with 25% of the new diet on Day 1 and Day 2. On Day 3 and Day 4, mix 50% of the old diet with 50% of the new diet. On Day 5 and Day 6, mix 25% of the old diet with 75% of the new diet. On the 7th day, you can feed the new formula exclusively. This allows your pet’s digestive system to smoothly adapt to the new food.

This product contain 24% protein.

Yes, it has beef in it.

NO, Blue Buffalo does not use artificial color, preservatives flavors.

No it is for adult only. please check our reviews for senior dogs.

This food includes L-Carnitine, has a Glucosamine content of approximately 400 milligrams and a maximum fiber content of 5%

Blue Buffalo foods and treats are manufactured here in the USA.