Merrick Backcountry Freeze-Dried Raw Grain-Free Big Game Recipe with Lamb, Wild Boar & Venison Dry Dog Food

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About This Item


  • Specially formulated to help your adult dog 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 lamb 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 Big Game Recipe includes lamb, wild boar and venison 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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Questions & Answers

9 Customer Questions

Hi. What is the main difference between this formula and the large breed one?
Answer by ChewyOct 27, 2017
The main differences are that the large breed has a higher caloric count, more Glucosamine and Chondroitin, and a larger kibble size.

At what age is considered an adult for this food?
Answer by ChewyDec 04, 2017
A puppy is generally considered an adult when they stop getting taller. Typically for small breeds this is between 9-12 months, medium breeds around 12 months and large breeds closer to 15 months.

How big are the pieces of kibble? For example the size of a pea or larger?
Answer by ChewyNov 07, 2019
This kibble is intended for all breed sizes. The dry kibble pieces are approximately 1/4 inch in diameter and the raw-infused kibble is closer to 1/2 inch and is softer in texture.

Carb content?
Answer by ChewyMay 02, 2019
The carbohydrate content for this recipe is 25.8%.

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192 Customer Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Annie on Sep 5, 2023

Great Food for pits or pit mixes

I’ve been feeding my rescue mix the Merrick since I’ve had him. He’s got the pit sensitive stomach, so the grain free is great for him. I also like the high protein to support his naturally muscular build. I feed him all the backcountry flavors, and he loves it. If you have an active, athletic dog, I’d highly recommend this dog food.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Harley on Aug 10, 2023

Miss Harley Loves It

I finally made the leap to this specific food after researching freeze dried raw kibble due to having issues with other brands and kinds, immediately before I could even open the bag, Miss Harley went wild and she actually ate the food instead of just grazing like the other food. I’d say it was a success

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By CB on Jul 2, 2023

Gave my 2 doodles stomach issue

Just read one of the review saying inconsistent product and gave the dog stomach issues, same thing happened to 2 of my doodles. When I opened it, the kibbles didn’t smell great, unusual smell for kibbles. I’ve been transitioning my doodles kibbles to this one for a week now and both of them experienced stomach issue (i.e. diarrhea, vomiting, gassy) Will be throwing out this batch, don’t waste your money and stay away from it.

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By Shannon on Apr 13, 2023


THIS DOG FOOD IS NOT CONSISTENT BETWEEN BAGS!! Overall, this is probably a decent brand but the fact that every other bag I have received from Chewy has been different does not give me confidence in what I feed my dog. She even proved me right. If I could upload a video I would. She has been on this food for almost a year now.. every bag was consistent UNTIL NOW. She had a bag open that I was feeding her over these past few days, it caused her to have stomach issues (i.e. vomiting, diarrhea, and VERY bad gas). I opened another one that seemed a little different, she hadn't eaten much today so, I grabbed a hand full of the old bag and the one I had just opened and took a hand full of each. I then walked up to her and opened each hand, letting her choose which hand to eat out of, the left hand was the old food that made her stomach upset, and the new one was in my right hand. She sniffed both but ultimately chose the right hand. That was enough for me to confirm that the consistency between bags is not there. I will NO LONGER buy this product and WOULD NOT recommend this to anyone else. DO NOT BUY!!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By 0801 on Apr 20, 2023

The best food!

I have a beagle and a mini poodle. They both love this food! The quality is always great. The ingredients are great! I always break the raw food pieces apart onto their kibble. I can honestly say they’re always excited for their meals!

Rated 3 out of 5 stars
By Doglover on May 29, 2023

Dogs favorite

Pricey but my dog loves it! He usually refuses most dog food but the freeze dried bits are a good built-in treat/motivator for him.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
By Aven on Feb 20, 2023

protein percentage dropped!

We were mistakenly shipped one of these instead of our usual dog food. We were thinking about switching anyway so give it a shot he loved it, but upon trying to purchase a second bag, I noticed that the protein has dropped from 38 to 34 at the same price

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By BEANS on Dec 25, 2022

disappointed not worth it

Very disappointed with this. I Bought this for my Collie hoping the better quality and ingredients would entice him to eat it. I tried for two months but I am still having to mix in broth and real chicken and even then he leaves most of it behind. He still prefers Nutro over this (again doctored up). There are very little freeze dried pieces of chicken in the bag. For one hefty scoop you are lucky to get one piece. I will be returning to Chewy. The smell is pretty strong too.

Rated 2 out of 5 stars
By JoeP on Dec 6, 2022

Not impressed

I bought this food thinking it was the best for my dog. It sounded like it would be beneficial to her health. It may be, if only she liked it. I mixed it with her other food and she eats her