Instinct Original Small Breed Grain-Free Recipe with Real Chicken Freeze-Dried Raw Coated Dry Dog Food, 11-lb bag

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About This Item

  • Cage-free chicken is the first ingredient for high animal protein to support strong, lean muscles.
  • Tailored, small breed nutrition provides an ideal balance of protein, fat and calories for healthy body weight.
  • Guaranteed levels of calcium and phosphorous for strong bones and teeth, plus naturally occurring glucosamine and chondroitin for joint health.
  • Guaranteed levels of live, natural probiotics, natural omegas and antioxidants to support digestive health, healthy skin and coat, and immune health.
  • Made in the USA with the finest ingredients from around the world, free from grain, potato, corn, wheat, soy, by-product meal or artificial colors or preservatives.
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About Instinct Original Grain-Free Food For Dogs

Raw Coated Kibble

Instinct offers a variety of natural dry dog food recipes with added vitamins and minerals to suit your furry family member’s needs. And with freeze-dried raw coating on every piece of kibble, adding the nutrition and taste of raw into your pet’s diet is easy!

Grain-Free Kibble

Instinct’s grain-free, raw-coated kibble recipes are crafted with at least 70% animal ingredients to provide your pup with high-quality protein. Nutritious oils are also included, along with 30% veggies, fruits and other wholesome ingredients.

Pure, Real Nutrition of Raw on Every Piece

PROTEIN PACKED

With responsibly sourced real meat as the first ingredient, these recipes are packed with animal protein for strong, lean muscles.

OMEGAS 3 AND 6

Naturally occurring omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids support skin and coat health.

ANTIOXIDANTS

Antioxidant-rich vegetables and fruits help support immune health.

PROBIOTICS

Guaranteed levels of live, natural probiotics are included to support your dog’s digestive health.

RAW COATING

Instinct crushes and tumbles their freeze-dried raw with their kibble, ensuring raw is on every piece!

MADE WITHOUT FILLERS

These recipes are made without grain, potato, corn, wheat, soy, by-product meal or artificial colors or preservatives.

The Benefits of Raw

Instinct believes that eating a diet rich in raw, unprocessed foods is just as good for our pets as it is for us. They make every meal with the understanding that real, less-processed, whole raw foods can have the power to transform lives.

Better Digestion

More Energy & Vitality

Weight Improvement

Improved Skin And Coat

Excitement At Mealtime

About Instinct

Instinct has been crafting and perfecting raw recipes for over 15 years. From 100% raw frozen meals to freeze-dried, raw-coated kibble, Instinct gives you a variety of ways to incorporate raw into your pet’s diet. Their raw recipes are crafted in their own kitchens in Lincoln, Nebraska, to ensure the highest standards in quality and food safety according to SQF standards.
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Questions & Answers

4 Customer Questions


Will this ever be available in the smaller bags ?

Carb content?
Answer by ChewyApr 26, 2019
This formula has a carbohydrate content of 26.0% on an as fed basis.

Is this okay for puppies " Instinct by Nature's Variety Original Small Breed Grain-Free Recipe with Real Chicken Dry Dog Food"
Answer by ChewyDec 06, 2017
This dry food is made for all life stages of dogs.

What is the the taurine content of this formula?
Answer by ChewyMar 28, 2019
This product doesn't contain added taurine. At this time, Nature's Variety does not test for taurine levels in their canine recipes as it’s not a required nutrient per AAFCO.

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32 Customer Reviews



Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Debbie on Feb 23, 2022

Great product

I been feeding my flurry babies this product for 4 years. They love it, their coats are shiny and in good health.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars
By Tracey on Mar 15, 2021

Great dog food

I got this food when we adopted (2) 2 year old pugs. They were on Beneful and had awful gas. I researched and decided on Instinct. There has been no more gas. I was told to gradually add the new food and reduce the old over time until it is all new food. The dogs still had the taste of old and gradually got used to the new.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By AlyW on Dec 2, 2020

Great Food, Good Price

I know, I know. It’s a little pricey, especially for the size bag. However, the ingredients are great, it’s a respected brand, and my dog absolutely loves it. I’ve read a couple of reviews where the reviewer complained their dog wouldn’t eat it. My recommendation would be to get the smaller bag to try, and if it doesn’t work out, you only spent a bit. If it does, your dog will be eating food that’s incredibly good for them! If you’re considering, just do it. You likely won’t regret it :)


Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Faye on Mar 14, 2021

Great dog food

My little dog Winchester likes his new food. When I feed him he right there waiting. Before showed little interest.


Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By charlie on Sep 9, 2020

I really wish

I wish that Izzy liked this food. She is a 10 year old Cairn/Yorkie mix and went on a hunger strike for 2 days until I got other food for her. She's pretty fickle, so I don't think it is the food's fault!


Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By LaulivinlavidaBoca on Jun 13, 2020

Switched from Gastrointestional food

Excellent ingredients in this food. Organ by products which dogs love. I was looking for a more nutritional food for my 1 and 13 year old Yorkies. They love this product. I do still give them royal canon wet gastro food, but I see an improvement in their energy levels, may switch to instinct wet food as well soon.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars
By Sandy on Apr 17, 2020

Instinct of food

The best I have used it was not as palatable to her as some of the cheaper brands, but, now that she has been on it for two weeks she loves it.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Yorkiemom315 on Feb 26, 2020

All four love this food

I am so happy all four love this food. They started eating it while I was pouring it in their dish. It is rated five stars by Dog Food Advisor. I will be feeding the Solid Gold too.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars
By Maria on Oct 9, 2019

Good but not for us

This food was a great upgrade from a previous uninformed Pedigree purchase. My dog loves it to the point I can even use the little kibble as low-reward treats for reinforcing previously learned tricks. However, my dog seems to have a sensitive stomach and while this is good enough to keep him happy and diarrhea-free (most of the time) it might not be the best option for puppies like him.


Rated 3 out of 5 stars
By Lisa on Jul 25, 2019

So disappointed

My three dogs won't touch this food. A waste of a lot of money! I should have gotten the smallest amount possible to test it, but with all its goodness I expected them to be crazy about it. Just like health foods for people, they sound good but often don't taste good, lol. I guess we will have to sustain the loss of $ and go back to a brand that's less super-premium.