Merrick vs Blue Buffalo

It is natural to want the best for your pet. When it comes to dog food, knowing which brand is best can be confusing due to the wide range of pet food options available. Getting to know the main characteristics of particular brands can help you make an informed choice when choosing the best dog food for your pet.

Merrick is an established dog food brand that has a wide range of formulas on the market. Blue Buffalo is also a trusted brand with its fair share of dog products. So which of the two is the best brand for your dog?

Protein Content

Merrick has, on average, 8% more protein content in the dry dog food category than Blue Buffalo. In the wet food category, Merrick has 3.24% more protein than Blue Buffalo.  So if your dog needs more protein in their diet, Merrick may be the better option.

Cost

Blue Buffalo's brand of dog food is cheaper than Merrick, though Merrick does have some less expensive options in their line of products.

Variety of Flavors

Blue Buffalo has 186 flavors in their offerings; there are 85 flavors in their dry food line and 101 flavors in their wet food line.

Merrick has 102 dog food flavors in the dry dog food and wet dog food categories; Merrick’s dry food line has 37 flavors and 65 varieties in the wet dog food category.

Blue Buffalo’s cat food is available in 40 flavors for dry food and 47 recipes in the wet cat food category. Merrick has 13 dry cat food recipes and 51 wet cat food flavors.

Nutritional Value

In terms of nutrient content, Blue Buffalo contains a higher nutritional value than Merrick as per the values indicated below.

Merrick

Blue Buffalo

Dry Dog Food

Crude Protein

37%

28%

Crude Fat

16%

15%

Crude Fiber

4%

7%

Wet Dog Food

Crude Protein

43%

40%

Crude Fat

20%

25%

Crude Fiber

8%

7%

Wet Cat Food

Crude Protein

46%

45%

Crude Fat

21%

24%

Crude Fiber

5%

8%

Dry Cat Food

Crude Protein

42%

37%

Crude Fat

15%

16%

Crude Fiber

5%

6%

Ingredients And Flavor

Merrick uses a variety of ingredients for their dog food including beef, lamb, salmon, sweet potatoes, chicken, chunky lamb in gravy, green peas, rabbit, buffalo, venison, garlic, caramel color, canola oil, and pea protein.

The most popular flavors of Merrick products are

  • Duck and sweet potato formula
  • Texas beef and sweet potato formula
  • Grain-free small breed recipe
  • Grain-free, healthy weight recipe

Blue Buffalo dog products contain a wide range of ingredients including chicken, red meat, duck brown rice, lamb, salmon, potatoes, turkey, fish, gravy, caramel color, pea protein concentrate, and tomato pomace.

The most popular flavors of Blue Buffalo dog food products include

  • Duck and chicken grill
  • Chicken dinner with garden vegetables
  • Shepherd’s pie
  • Chicken wild bites
  • Homestyle recipe, toy breed

Origin and Manufacturing

Blue Buffalo is a subsidiary of Blue Pet products and was launched in 2012. It has manufacturing plants in Connecticut, Indiana, Missouri, Richmond, and Joplin. Blue Buffalo is a popular dog food brand with a solid reputation for high-quality dog food.

Merrick was created by Garth Merrick 30 years ago in Hereford, Texas. Merrick started with dog treats called Flossies. Merrick relies on ingredients sourced from local farmers and manufacture their products with whole-foods in FDA approved human kitchens. All their products are free of artificial preservatives.

Best Option

Merrick Strengths

  • High levels of protein
  • Locally-sourced natural ingredients
  • FDA approved test kitchens and plants
  • A wide range of recipes and formulas

Merrick Issues

  • More expensive

Blue Buffalo Strengths

  • Natural and organic ingredients
  • Affordable
  • Great taste and healthier options
  • Wide range of recipes

Blue Buffalo Issues

  • High history of recalls
  • Some ingredients may cause hypersensitivity

Summary

Merrick and Blue Buffalo are both well-established brands that are renowned for producing high-quality pet food in a wide variety of flavors. Merrick and Blue Buffalo both have a wide variety of different flavors, formulas, recipes and treats from which to choose. However, on the whole, Blue Buffalo has more variety. Merrick is, however, superior on the basis of protein content and safety profile.

Shelly

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