Instinct by Nature's Variety Limited Ingredient Small Breed Grain-Free Turkey Recipe Dry Dog Food, 4-lb bag

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Take care of your dog’s real food needs with Instinct by Nature's Variety Limited Ingredient Small Breed Grain-Free Turkey Recipe Dry Dog Food. When your small breed dog has food sensitivities, knowing exactly what’s in his food is important. That’s why this recipe features a purposefully short ingredient list, made with just one animal protein and one vegetable. Guided by the purity and simplicity of raw nutrition, it’s the simple and essential food that your dog needs to thrive—and it’s all made in the USA with the finest ingredients from around the world.

Key Benefits
  • Limited ingredient recipe includes just one animal protein and one vegetable that is balanced for fat and calories for small breed dogs.
  • Made with cage-free turkey, a healthy, easily-digestible protein that provides all the essential amino acids.
  • Guaranteed levels of calcium, phosphorous, natural omegas and antioxidants for strong bones and teeth, healthy skin and coat, and immune health.
  • It’s the only limited-ingredient kibble with the nutrition of raw in every piece, made with the best the world has to offer.
  • Never contains any grain, dairy, eggs, chicken, beef, fish, sweet potato, potato, chickpeas, corn, wheat, soy or artificial colors or preservatives.

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  • Weight
    4.0 pounds
  • Brand
    Nature's Variety
  • Breed Size
    Extra Small & Toy Breeds, Small Breeds
  • Food Form
    Dry Food
  • Lifestage
  • Made in
    United States
  • Special Diet
    Grain-Free, No Corn No Wheat No Soy, Limited Ingredient Diet, Sensitive Digestion, Gluten Free
Nutritional Info

Turkey Meal (source of Glucosamine and Chondroitin Sulfate), Peas, Turkey, Tapioca, Canola Oil (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid), Natural Flavor, Coconut Oil, Montmorillonite Clay, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate, Niacin Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Biotin), Salt, Choline Chloride, Potassium Chloride, Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Ethylenediamine Dihydriodide), Freeze Dried Turkey, Freeze Dried Turkey Liver, Pumpkinseeds, Freeze Dried Turkey Heart, Rosemary Extract

Caloric Content

3,880 kcal/kg, 434 kcal/cup

Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein 35.0% min
Crude Fat 14.5% min
Crude Fiber 3.5% max
Moisture 10.0% max
Calcium 1.4% min
Phosphorus 1.1% min
Vitamin E 200 IU/kg min
Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) 100 mg/kg min
Omega-3 Fatty Acids 0.4% min
Omega-6 Fatty Acids 2.5% min
Glucosamine 300 mg/kg min
Chondroitin Sulfate 525 mg/kg min
Feeding Instructions

Ideal feeding amounts will vary by age, weight, and activity level so the guide below should be used as an initial recommendation. Divide the per day by the number of feedings per day. Be sure to always provide clean, fresh water. Along with dry food, we recommend feeding raw or wet food to help increase the amount of water in your pet’s diet.

Daily Feeding Guidelines (standard 8 oz dry measure cup):

Weight Adult Maintenance Daily Feeding (cup) Adult Weight Loss Daily Feeding (cup)
2 - 8 lbs 1/4 - 3/4 1/8 - 3/8
9 - 12 lbs 3/4 - 1 3/8 - 1/2
13 - 20 lbs 1 - 1 1/4 1/2 - 3/4
21 - 30 lbs 1 1/4 - 1 3/4 3/4 - 1
Transition Instructions

Always introduce a new food over a period of 5 - 7 days, mixing increasing amounts of Instinct with the current food each day.


About Instinct Limited Ingredient Diet Dog Food

Instinct Limited Ingredient Diet Dog Food


The ingredient list is purposefully simple for pets with food sensitivities. It focuses on one animal protein and one vegetable—versus the mix of each you'll find in most pet foods.



Sometimes what's not included is just as important as what is. These recipes are made with grass-fed meat or cage-free poultry and always made without grain, dairy, eggs, potato, corn, wheat, soy or artificial ingredients.

Pure, real nutrition of raw on every piece

Pure, real nutrition of raw on every piece

They put the pure, real nutrition of raw on every piece of Instinct Limited Ingredient Diet by tumbling their kibble with crushed, freeze-dried raw—raising the bar in nutrition and taste.

The Pure, Real Nutrition of Raw Is In Everything Instinct Does

Instinct's Responsibility as The Raw Brand


It all started with Instinct's raw pet food. Since the beginning, they've led with raw because they know the good it can do. They're rewriting the rules of pet food and championing raw nutrition to bring its superior benefits to all that they do.


Delicious and nutritious pet food should only use real ingredients. For Instinct, this means all-natural, real meat, fruits and vegetables, with nothing artificial.


Feeding raw should be simple, and it should easily fit into your everyday routine. Instinct believes raw should be accessible to pet parents so every pet can experience the benefits of raw nutrition.


Instinct believes in the power of raw nutrition. It only makes sense to share it. Together with local shelters and volunteer efforts nationwide we’re on a mission to transform the lives of all pets.


Instinct has never been afraid to challenge the status quo of pet nutrition. They continuously redefine what better means—always pushing their standards of nutrition to raise the bar in pet food.

Pure, real nutrition of raw on every piece

About Instinct

Instinct believes deeply that it's up to them to find a way to make it possible for more people to feed their pets the pure, real nutrition that only comes from raw. They know that if they can get the nutrition of raw into more bowls, they'll transform the lives of more pets. And that's really why they do what they do.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Only dry food my dogs will eat

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    I have two very picky Rat Terriers ages 7 and 8 who won't eat anything and I've tried everything from Dog Chow to Blue Buffalo and they finally liked the Instinct. I keep their bowl full of the Instinct dry food all the time and they actually go up to the food like the cats do several times a day and nibble on it. It amazes me that they actually are eating dry dog food! They still have feeding time like the cats do where they all get canned food but this Instinct food is the only dry food they actually eat and enjoy.

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    High Quality

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    My dog really loves the smaller kibble. I like that it’s a high quality food but not too pricey.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Great food!

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    All my kids loved the food! It was like they couldn’t get enough. They were having problems with their old dog food causing allergies so I switched to this and haven’t had a problem since.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    My Stella loves it!

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    I got this when my pup Stella's reg food was temporarally out of stock. She has some food allegies so I have to be careful what I buy . I tried this because of the limited ingredients I know she can have. She is really a fussy eater. I make homemade food for her to mix with kibble. She loved this! Eats it up every time . I am reordering it instead of her reg food ( Castor & Pollux) for a change for her.. great option, premium ingredients.

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  • 4 out of 5 stars

    Training Treats!

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    I bought these to use as training treats (I store the extra in my freezer). The regular size (vs small breed) of this food works better for my Lab. I thought I had ordered the small breed size before, but when I opened it I found out I was wrong, lol. I like to use this not only bc it's healthy for my dog, but bc when I train, I spit my rewards (so they are in my mouth). These don't disintegrate quickly (like string cheese and hot dog do), and while I wouldn't want to eat them, the taste isn't gag-inducing, lol.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Quality food

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    Amelia loves this food. Her tummy issues seem to be better since we have been using this food.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars


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    Instinct is a healthy food for my Boston Terrier. He has allergies to some ingredients. Instinct is a great food that is healthy.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    So far great!

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    My shih tzu mix has a sensitive stomach and this seems to help a lot! So far its been great! I like how small the kibble is. I also mix a little of the wet food version with this and he loves it! Previously he has chewed at his paws a lot... That has stopped slightly but we are still on the first bag so I bet its only up from here! Satisfied so far :)

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    No more allergies

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    After taking chicken,beef and grain out of our 3 dogs' diets, this dry food made them happy at dinner time. No more scratching too!

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Instinct Raw Boost

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    My pups luv it. No waste. Easy to soften for my older pup.

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