Merrick Backcountry Freeze-Dried Raw Puppy Recipe Grain-Free Dry Dog Food

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About This Item


  • Specially formulated to help your puppy maintain strong muscles and healthy energy levels.
  • This Raw Inspired dish features a protein-rich blend of freeze-dried, raw coated kibble plus freeze-dried raw food.
  • Real, deboned chicken is the first ingredient in this natural dog food.
  • Crafted with omega fatty acids for healthy skin and coat plus glucosamine and chondroitin to support hips and joints.
  • The grain-free Puppy Food Recipe includes chicken and salmon plus added vitamins, minerals and taurine.

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About Merrick Backcountry Dog Food

A Protein-Rich Ancestral Diet

Merrick Backcountry offers a wide array of exotic protein options for an ancestral dog food diet that delivers a unique combination of freeze-dried raw-coated kibble with real freeze-dried raw pieces of meat, fish, or poultry. Choose from grain-free options and recipes with healthy grains for a balanced lineup that provides the nutritional benefits of a raw diet.

Real Animal Protein First

Merrick Backcountry dog food is packed with protein canines crave. In fact, every recipe is crafted with real deboned meat, fish or poultry as the first ingredient! Leading levels of high-quality protein can help your dog maintain healthy energy levels and promote healthy digestion. Plus, your pup will also find freeze-dried raw meat for the nutritious and protein-packed diet he deserves.

Raw-Coated Kibble + Real Meat

Protein-rich, raw-coated kibble mixed in with freeze-dried real meat, fish or poultry raw pieces makes Backcountry Raw Infused kibble recipes irresistible to pups. Freeze-drying locks in raw flavor and nutrition to provide the next best thing to feeding fresh meat. Give your dog the closest thing to raw, with the easy-serve convenience of regular kibble.

Healthy Grain or Grain-Free

Choose a high-protein, grain-free recipe crafted with healthy grains, like brown rice, oatmeal, and barley, to support sound digestion.

Omega-3 and -6 Fatty Acids

Guaranteed levels of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids support healthy skin and a vibrant coat, for good nutrition that truly shows. And glucosamine and chondroitin help maintain healthy hip and joint function through all your dog’s adventures to keep him running healthy for many years.

Raw Nutrition and Wild Flavor in Every Recipe


Sweet potatoes are a fiber-rich source of quality carbs for healthy energy levels without grains.


Brown rice, oatmeal and barley provide healthy grains for good digestion.


Made with real deboned meat or poultry as the #1 ingredient and rich flavors and textures.


Yummy treats made with real meat, poultry or fish and without artificial ingredients or fillers.


These Freeze-Dried Raw Mixers are tasty, safely processed and offer your buddy a nutritional boost.


Keep your dog satisfied with an assortment of canned Real Beef and Chicken Dinner wet dog food.

About Merrick

Merrick believes whole foods not only taste better, but are better for your pet, and handmade recipes are much better than scientific formulas. That's why Merrick's been making pet food in their own kitchen for more than 30 years. Produced in small batches, each recipe is closely monitored to ensure it delivers the perfect balance of nutrients guaranteed right on the label. Merrick makes food to be fuel, not filler, and their wide variety of protein-rich dry and canned foods and treats means your pet will enjoy every second of his meal.
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Top IngredientsDeboned Chicken, Chicken Meal, Sweet Potatoes...Chicken, Turkey Meal, Peas...Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal, Turkey Meal...Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal, Brown Rice...Beef, Herring Meal, Peas...
Health FeatureBrain Health, Digestive Health, Hip & Joint Support...Digestive Health, Skin & Coat Health, Vitamins & MineralsAppetite Stimulation, Digestive Health, Immune Support...Digestive Health, Skin & Coat Health, Vitamins & Minerals
Special DietGluten Free, Grain-Free, High-Protein...Gluten Free, Grain-Free, High-Protein...Gluten Free, Grain-Free, High-Protein...Raw, With Grain, PremiumGluten Free, Grain-Free, High-Protein...
Breed SizeSmall Breeds, Medium Breeds, Large Breeds, All BreedsSmall Breeds, Medium BreedsSmall Breeds, Medium Breeds, Large Breeds, All BreedsSmall Breeds, Medium Breeds, Large BreedsSmall Breeds
Food FlavorPoultry, ChickenPoultry, ChickenPoultry, Chicken, TurkeyPoultry, ChickenMeat, Beef
Food FormDry Food, Freeze-DriedDry Food, Freeze-DriedDry Food, Freeze-DriedFreeze-DriedDry Food, Freeze-Dried

Questions & Answers

19 Customer Questions

In regards to: Merrick Backcountry Raw Infused Puppy Recipe Grain-Free Dry Dog Food and the large breed Recipe as well. Are all ingredients from the USA? If not, where are the ingredients from?
Answer by ChewyFeb 19, 2019
The majority of Merrick's ingredients are sourced from the USA, however in certain circumstances some ingredients may come from another country to ensure the highest quality possible. Merrick outsources a few ingredients from other countries like lamb and venison from New Zealand, duck and rabbit from France, and vitamins and minerals premix from Canada and Germany.

About how many cups of food are in a 22lb bag of this food?
Answer by ChewyJan 27, 2018
There's approximately 16 cups of food in the 4 pound bag, 48 cups of food in the 12 pound bag, and 88 cups of food in the 22 pound bag.

Do you know about how many cups of food is in each bag size?
Answer by ChewyAug 17, 2018
There's approximately 16 cups of food in the 4 pound bag, 48 cups of food in the 12 pound bag, and 88 cups of food in the 22 pound bag.

Is this low residue and/or highly digestible?
Answer by ChewyMar 16, 2018
This Food is a grain-free formula with no gluten ingredients for easier digestibility. It also contains no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.

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175 Customer Reviews

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By Tom on Sep 1, 2023

marketing scam

I’ll start out with my puppy loves this food and loves the salmon,but little did I know that this dog food would cause health issues. A after talking to my vet it was pointed out that this brand is linked to heart issues in dogs due to the grain free formula. The addition of vitamins to supplement the grain free diet. Will be finding another good he can eat just wish we didn’t have to change since he likes it

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Blizzard on Aug 29, 2023

Picky Eater Approved

My picky eater will eat this kibble if mixed with warm water! I haven’t yet found a kibble he will eat. This food has raw dehydrated bits in it, so it all tastes delicious, even in warm water

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By LorH on Jun 4, 2023

A Hit with my GSDs

My breeder suggested a particular brand of puppy food for my GSD puppy, but he wouldn’t eat it. I tried a few other types and when I picked this one, it was a big hit. He loves the bits and pieces mixed in the food and eats it all or else his older sister would be finishing it for him. Even though he is a large breed, I still Ike the size of the kibble for him. It’s a win-win all the way around.

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By Blaze on Mar 21, 2023

Dust Not Freeze-Dried

I have always bought Merrick Freeze-Dried Raw Puppy kibble from my local pet store. My pup loves it and I love it for him. He just turned 5 months yesterday. This was my first time ordering a bag from Chewy and I must say I was highly disappointed. There were NO whole pieces of the freeze-dried raw food. The entire bag looked like the bottom of the barrel crumbs. I can't even say crumbs, more like dust. This food is too expensive to not get exactly what you paid for. I won't be ordering this particular product from Chewy again.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Mizzi on Jan 6, 2023

My dog loves it

My dog loves this puppy recipe. Although this one did not have the freeze-dried additions, just the puppy kibble. Normally she loves the added bits :)

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By susan on Jan 5, 2023

my yorkies love it!

My girls are 5 years old and have been eating this recipe since 8 weeks old. Not ever going to change. They are healthy and happy.

Rated 3 out of 5 stars
By Louise on Nov 18, 2022

Rough Handling

This food has two components; dry kibble, and freeze-dried cubes. When I purchase this in a store, the cubes are intact. When this was shipped to me, the cubes were pulverized. In future, I will purchase this myself.

Rated 3 out of 5 stars
By Michael on Nov 17, 2022

She liked it at first

then not so much. Gave her a lot of gas and she got itchy. She's a new 6-month puppy to us so perhaps she has a chicken allergy.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By BobM on Nov 10, 2022

Great Food

Excellent food not available at my local pet store. The freeze dried nuggets make it especially tempting to picky eaters.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Cassi on Jul 19, 2022

At 5 Months plus and loves this chow, especially the freeze dried bits.

Cassi is an Aussidoodle or full size Australian Shepard & Poodle hybrid. Cassi loves to snatch frisbees from air on land or retrieve from our nearby river. Would highly recommend Merrick brand dog foods for health, energy, and temperament. Cassi is extreme high energy puppy now just under 50 pounds she routinely runs along with my mini bike and goes on mile plus walks. This recipe keeps her growing and alert as well.