Merrick Backcountry Freeze-Dried Raw Large Breed Recipe Dry Dog Food

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Keep your big ol’ buddy large and in charge with Merrick Backcountry Raw Infused Grain Free Dry Dog Food Large Breed Recipe. This freeze-dried dry food for dogs features real deboned chicken as the very first ingredient. It’s combined with duck and lamb into a protein-rich and highly-digestible formula. This grain and gluten-free dry dog food contains freeze-dried raw-coated kibble and freeze-dried raw bites to give your doggie dude all the benefits of a raw diet. It’s developed with high levels of omega fatty acids to help promote healthy skin and a shiny coat while glucosamine and chondroitin support hip and joint function. It’s paw-fect for helping large breeds of adult dogs build healthy muscles and maintain a high level of energy throughout the day.

Key Benefits
  • Freeze-dried raw-diet dry food for large breeds of dogs.
  • Features real deboned chicken as the very first ingredient.
  • Contains freeze-dried raw-coated kibble and freeze-dried raw bites.
  • Includes duck and lamb in a protein-rich and highly-digestible formula.
  • Crafted in Hereford, TX and cooked in the USA.

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  • Item Number
  • Lifestage
  • Breed Size
    Large Breeds, Giant Breeds
  • Food Form
    Dry Food, Freeze-Dried
  • Special Diet
    High-Protein, Grain-Free, No Corn No Wheat No Soy, Gluten Free, Raw, Weight Control, Sensitive Digestion
Nutritional Info

Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal, Turkey Meal, Sweet Potatoes, Potatoes, Peas, Salmon Meal, Potato Protein, Chicken Fat, Natural Flavor, Duck, Lamb, Sunflower Oil, Chicken Liver, Salt, Organic Dehydrated Alfalfa Meal, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Apples, Blueberries, Minerals (Iron Amino Acid Complex, Zinc Amino Acid Complex, Zinc Sulfate, Sodium Selenite, Manganese Amino Acid Complex, Copper Amino Acid Complex, Copper Sulfate, Potassium Iodide, Cobalt Proteinate, Cobalt Carbonate), Taurine, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Mixed Tocopherols for freshness, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin A Acetate, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Niacin, Riboflavin Supplement, Biotin, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride), Citric Acid for freshness, Dried Lactobacillus plantarum Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus casei Fermentation Product, Dried Enterococcus faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus Fermentation Product.

Caloric Content

3,718 kcal/kg, 386 kcal/cup

Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein38.0% min
Crude Fat17.0% min
Crude Fiber3.5% max
Moisture11.0% max
Feeding Instructions
WeightDaily Feeding (cup)
3 lbs1/3
6 lbs2/3
10 lbs1
15 lbs1 1/4
20 lbs1 1/2
30 lbs2
40 lbs2 1/2
50 lbs3
60 lbs3 1/4
70 lbs3 2/3
80 lbs4
90 lbs4 1/2
100 lbs4 3/4

Using the guide above, divide the total per day by the total number of times you feed your dog per day to determine the portion size for each meal. Keep a clean bowl of fresh water available at all times. Every dog is a little different, so optimal feeding amounts may vary with age, size and activity level. Please use the information provided as an initial recommendation only and adjust when needed. Dry and wet food in combination will help to increase the level of water in your dog's diet.

  • If feeding with wet food, reduce dry amount by 1/2 cup for every 6 oz of wet food.

  • For dogs over 100 lbs: add 1/4 cup per additional 10 lbs.

Transition Instructions

When switching your dog's diet, we recommend that it be done gradually over a 5-7 day period.�

About Merrick Backcountry Dog Food

A Protein-Rich Ancestral Diet

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

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.

Healthy Grain or Grain-Free

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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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Good for sensitive tummies

    By Mandy on Dec 13, 2020

    My dog is a 65 lb pitbull/mastiff mix. He has tummy issues and is very sensitive to food. We've had him on this food for about a year now and he loves it. He loves the big bits (he eats those first) and this food makes his coat shiny and healthy. 10/10

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  • 1 out of 5 stars

    Most expensive bag of air

    By Finn on Nov 16, 2020

    I cannot believe for almost $70 the bag is literally only half. He hasn’t even tried this food yet, but I pray he hates it cause I will NEVER buy it again. I can’t believe the price for how much you actually get.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect for Our Boys

    By Excell on Aug 31, 2020

    We traditionally fed a raw diet, but when getting enough meat became challenging with Covid-19 we were forced to explore other alternatives. After trying several different brands Merrick Backcountry Raw Infused was the clear winner for our dogs, we even feed the cat food to our cat who has a history of serious GI issues, and he is thriving and finally up to a healthy weight again. Thank you, thank you, thank you :)

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    would recommend!

    By Brittany on Oct 11, 2020

    My dog is 3 now and ever since she was a puppy she has been pickiest eater. And even when I found a food she would eat, it would still sit in her bowl for hoursss until she ate it. But she actually eats this food on a normal schedule! She’ll even finish it and wait for more! Very pleased!

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  • 4 out of 5 stars

    High Protein

    By MommytoHercules on Jul 16, 2020 Top 1000 Contributor

    My dog does beat on a higher protein diet and so many other Large Breed foods contain much lower protein levels, which I am not a fan of. This food is great for him and he loves the freeze dried raw pieces that are mixed in. Removed one star however because the bag has gotten 9% smaller but the price stayed the same. When feeding a large breed dog this equates to a huge jump in the amount of $$$ spent on food each year. For that reason I am starting to explore the potential of switching to another food or at least supplementing with another food

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Lab/Pit Mix loves His Food

    By Momma on Sep 8, 2020

    Ace love his new food with freeze-dried chicken chunks. I even take as a snack, he enjoys so much. I also feel I am giving his healthy food.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    My dogs love this food

    By Zeke on Sep 20, 2020

    My dogs really like this food. After feeding it for a few months they look like they are doing really good on it.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    My dogs like it!

    By labradoodlelove on Jul 27, 2020

    My 2 labradoodles usually dislike most kinds of dog food but they seem to really like the Merrick kibble!

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Best choice for Lily!

    By PattC on May 4, 2020

    This is the first dog food my Lily has eaten without manipulation. Usually we have to add something to coax her to eat, but not with this Merrick brand. So happy we found it! This is the brand we chose to transition her from puppy food to adult and we are very pleased.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Dog Loves This!

    By Sweater on Jul 5, 2020

    Golden Doodle loves the freeze dried pieces. He will eat these first and then go back and eat the rest of the kibbles.

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