Instinct by Nature's Variety Ultimate Protein Small Breed Grain-Free Chicken Recipe Dry Dog Food, 4-lb bag

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Satisfy your dog’s need for real food with Instinct by Nature's Variety Ultimate Protein Small Breed Grain-Free Chicken Recipe Dry Dog Food. Based on the belief that raw is the purest form of nutrition, this kibble was created to closely mirror the benefits of a raw diet. In fact, it has the highest levels of protein from real meat—absolutely no animal meal—and unmatched digestibility* for optimal nutrient absorption. Including guaranteed levels of live, natural probiotics, natural omegas and antioxidants, the result is a protein-rich kibble that’s easy on the tummy and great for the skin, coat and immune health. And it’s all perfectly tailored for the needs of small breed dogs.

Key Benefits
  • 90% protein from real duck, chicken and eggs offers up to 2 times more real duck and chicken,* with absolutely no animal meal!
  • Tailored small breed nutrition offers balanced protein, fat and calories plus calcium and phosphorus for strong bones and teeth.
  • Guaranteed levels of live, natural probiotics, natural omegas and antioxidants support digestive health, a healthy skin and coat, and immune health.
  • Naturally occurring glucosamine and chondroitin support joint health, and it’s the only kibble with the pure, real nutrition of raw in every piece.
  • Made in the USA and never contains any grain, potato, corn, wheat, soy, by-product meal or artificial colors or preservatives.

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  • Item Number
  • Brand
    Nature's Variety
  • Breed Size
    Extra Small & Toy Breeds, Small Breeds
  • Food Form
    Dry Food
  • Lifestage
  • Made in
    United States
  • Special Diet
    High-Protein, Grain-Free, Gluten Free, No Corn No Wheat No Soy
Nutritional Info

Chicken (source of Glucosamine and Chondroitin Sulfate), Tapioca, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid), Ground Flaxseed, Natural Flavor, Dried Tomato Pomace, Salmon Oil, Dicalcium Phosphate, Dried Whey Protein Concentrate, Potassium Chloride, Salt, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin Supplement, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate, Thiamine Mononitrate, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Biotin), Montmorillonite Clay, Choline Chloride, Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Ethylenediamine Dihydriodide), Taurine, Freeze Dried Chicken, Freeze Dried Chicken Liver, Pumpkinseeds, Freeze Dried Chicken Heart, Dried Bacillus coagulans Fermentation Product, Rosemary Extract

Caloric Content

4,470 kcal/kg, 491 kcal/cup

Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein47.0% min
Crude Fat18.0% min
Crude Fiber2.5% max
Moisture10.0% max
Calcium1.4% min
Phosphorus1.1% min
Vitamin E200 IU/kg min
Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C)100 mg/kg min
Omega-3 Fatty Acids0.6% min
Omega-6 Fatty Acids3.2% min
Glucosamine400 mg/kg min
Chondroitin Sulfate200 mg/kg min
Bacillus Coagulants60,000,000 CFU/lb 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):

WeightAdult Maintenance Daily Feeding (cup)Adult Weight Loss Daily Feeding (cup)
2 - 8 lbs1/4 - 5/81/8 - 3/8
9 - 12 lbs5/8 - 3/43/8 - 1/2
13 - 20 lbs3/4 - 1 1/41/2 - 3/4
21 - 30 lbs1 1/4 - 1 5/83/4 - 1

Puppies (Except Large Breed [70+ lbs as an Adult]): Feed up to twice the Adult maintenance amount shown above.

Pregnant and Nursing Females: Feed up to 3 times the Adult maintenance amount shown above.

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 Ultimate Protein Dog Food

Instinct Limited Ingredient Diet Dog Food


Instinct Ultimate Protein is unlike any other pet food. These recipes have up to three times more real chicken than other premium natural brands, and 95% of the protein comes from real chicken versus vegetables or animal meals.



Protein comes from pure animal sources, with absolutely no animal meals, like chicken meal or duck meal. These recipes are made without grain, corn, wheat, soy, by-product meal, or artificial ingredients.



Instinct Ultimate Protein has unmatched digestibility for optimal nutrient absorption, compared to other premium natural brands. All with the pure, real nutrition of raw on every piece.

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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