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|Well, lets compare.
The blue chicken is 25% protein, and first 2 are chicken and chicken meal.
The blue lamb is 22% protein and first 2 are lamb and lamb meal.
The Whitefish is 22% protein, and first 4 are Whitefish, Whole Ground Brown Rice, Whole Ground Barley, Menhadden Fish Meal, which means it is really the rice and barley before any fish or fish meal--so this is my least BB fav.
They do also have a small breed which is 26% protein and first 2 are chicken and chicken meal. The small breed is my pick b/c it has the most protein and the first 2 ingredients are meat---well, my pick out of what is written above (the blue buff formulas).
However, BB does have a Wilderness low carb formula that is 42% protein and has a nice first list of ingredients which are Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal, Potato Starch, Turkey Meal, Whitefish Meal, Salmon Meal,--which is a nice array of meat. I would pick this over the regular BB anyday, but it might be higher priced--I would check in your area and see--it might not be much more or similar in price to the Canidae.
Lastly BB has a new Organic food that is 24% protein, and first 2 are Organic Deboned Chicken, Organic Brown Rice---so it is ok.
Ok, on to Natural Balance....
NB Chicken is 23% protein and first ingredients are Chicken, Brown Rice, Lamb Meal, Oatmeal, Barley, Duck Meal, Potatoes.
NB Lamb is 21% protein and first ingredients are Lamb Meal, Brown Rice, Ground White Rice, Rice Bran
NB Sweet potato and Venison is 20% protein and first ingredients are Sweet Potatoes, Venison, Venison Meal, Potato Protein.
NB Potato and Duck is 21% protein and first ingredients are Potatoes, Duck Meal, Duck.
NB Sweet potato and Fish is 21% protein and first ingredients are Sweet Potatoes, Salmon, Salmon Meal.
NB Organic is 22% protein and first ingredients are Natural Chicken, Organic Brown Rice, Chicken Meal followed by a lot of other grains.
GEEZ they have a lot of formulas! BOL! I skipped the senior, high energy, and vegetarian ones. They have them on their site but I didnt think it was what you were looking for.
I know lots of people say the BB is grain heavy which it is a little, but if you read around the NB is also often mentioned as grain heavy. But if you are going to feed a grain inclusive food they are good foods.
My first pick would be ofcourse the BB wilderness, with the higher protein and lots of meats, it is the winner for me. It is marketed as lower carb b/c it does have a little grain in in. (NB does have grain free too, but it is at a low protein level, which is unusual for grain frees).
If you want to stick with the other formulas I have to say, Id pick the BB small breed, then the BB Chicken or BB Lamb and the NB Lamb. I mean, the BB has the meat and meal meal before the rest of the ingredients, whereas the NB usually (except for the lamb) has the potato or other carb/grains before the meat and meat meals.
Id rather see the meat and meat meals before anything else, and in picking a food it is a good way to start. Granted lots of people use both brands, and Ive heard for allergies some of the NB formulas are awesome! But If I was just picking based on ingredients, Id go with what I listed above.
Hmm side note, I just realized some of the NB foods are grain free--but are still at like 21% protein---so if you are looking for a low protein grain free for some reason, NB could be a good option if you don't mind all the potatoes.
And like I said, they are BOTH very good foods, and lots of people feed both.
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