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Blue Buffalo Freedom Small Breed Adult Chicken Recipe Grain-Free Dry Dog Food Review

Blue Buffalo Freedom Small Breed Adult Chicken Recipe Grain-Free Dry Dog Food Review

Our Recommendation

For dogs who are allergic to grain-based foods, Blue Buffalo’s Freedom offers the finest ingredients. Freedom excludes grains or glutens known to trigger allergic reactions in some canines.  Freedom’s protein-rich formula’s main ingredient is rich, deboned chicken for high protein and carbohydrates.

Blue Buffalo’s Freedom contains the following key points:

  • High-quality essential proteins for muscle growth and strength.
  • High-levels of carbs and proteins to increase your pup’s energy.
  • Unique “small breed” kibbles for easy biting. These kibbles contain LifeSource Bits which remove tartar and provide a healthy immune system.
  • Glucosamine provides joint support and mobility.
  • Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids give canines a healthier skin and coat.
  • Excludes corn, wheat, soy, chicken, poultry by-products.


Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal, Peas, Potatoes, Pea Starch, Tapioca Starch, Pea Protein, Turkey Meal, Chicken Fat (Preserved With Mixed Tocopherols), Flaxseed (Source Of Omega 3 And 6 Fatty Acids), Dried Tomato Pomace, Natural Flavor, Salt, Dicalcium Phosphate, Potato Starch, Dehydrated Alfalfa Meal, Choline Chloride, Potassium Chloride, Dried Chicory Root, Pea Fiber, Alfalfa Nutrient Concentrate, DL-Methionine, Calcium Carbonate, 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, Glucosamine Hydrochloride, Blueberries, Cranberries, Barley Grass, Parsley, Turmeric, Dried Kelp, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Niacin (Vitamin B3), Calcium Pantothenate (Vitamin B5), L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (Source Of Vitamin C), L-Lysine, Copper Sulfate, Biotin (Vitamin B7), L-Carnitine, 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.

Scout’s Pick

Blue Buffalo Small Breed Freedom Grain Free Chicken Recipe Adult Dry Dog Food, 4-Pound by Blue Buffalo Company*

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Nutritional Analysis

Pet food ingredients, nutritional values, and the way they are labeled for consumers are monitored by several organizations in the United States including the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the NGO, Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO).

Each year the AAFCO publishes two sets of nutritional minimum standards for dog food intended to help specify if a food is suitable for:

1. Dogs in the growth & reproduction phases of life
2. Adult dogs maintaining a healthy weight and activity level

Caloric Content

3,646 kcal/kg, 380 kcal/cup

Guaranteed Analysis

Nutritional Component Value Meets AAFCO Growth & Reproduction Standards Meets AAFCO Adult Maintenance Standards
____________________________ ____________________ ____________________ ____________________
CRUDE FAT 15.0% min
CRUDE FIBER 5.0% max
MOISTURE 10.0% max
CALCIUM 1.1% min    
PHOSPHORUS 0.8% min    
OMEGA-6 FATTY ACIDS 0.5% min    
OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS 2.75% min    
GLUCOSAMINE 400 mg/kg min    

* – indicates not yet analyzed

Transition Instructions

Blue Buffalo recommends you break down your portions and gradually increase Blue while decreasing the current food. According to Blue Buffalo’s Freedom’s directions, mix 25% of Blue with your little one’s old food. Over a period of 14 days, gradually increase the portion of Freedom and decrease the portion of the old food. By day 14, the bowl should be filled with Blue Buffalo’s Freedom. Your pup should be acclimated to the new kibbles by then.

Feeding Amounts

Weight Daily Feeding (cup)  
UP TO 5 LBS 1/4 – 1/2  
6 – 10 LBS 1/2 – 1  
11 – 15 LBS 1 – 1 1/4  
16 – 20 LBS 1 1/4 – 1 1/2  
21 – 25 LBS 1 1/2 – 1 3/4  
26 – 30 LBS 1 3/4 – 2  

Feeding Instructions

Blue Buffalo suggests you follow their recommended feeding amounts listed on their bag. Above is a chart of the recommended feeding amounts categorized by weight.

The Bottom Line

Blue Buffalo’s Freedom Small Breed Adult Chicken Recipe Grain-Free Dry Dog Food is targeted towards those canines who get sick with grain-based foods.

Blue Buffalo’s high-quality formula includes but is not limited to real meat, kelp, blueberries, carrots, and sweet potatoes. These blends of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants promote a healthy immune system and healthy oxidative balance. In addition, Freedom promotes healthy muscle development, skin and coat, and immune system. Calcium, phosphorus, and essential vitamins enable the growth of strong bones, teeth, and joint function and mobility.

If your little one has food sensitivity, then Blue Buffalo’s Freedom Small Breed Adult Chicken Recipe Grain-Free Dry Dog Food might be a good start to a holistic diet.