Merrick Backcountry Freeze-Dried Raw Grain-Free Chicken-Free Great Plains Red Recipe Big Game Recipe with Beef, Lamb & Rabbit Dry Dog Food

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About This Item

  • Freeze-dried raw-diet dry dog food with beef.
  • Features real deboned beef as the very first ingredient.
  • Contains freeze-dried raw-coated kibble and freeze-dried raw bites.
  • Includes lamb and rabbit in a protein-rich and highly-digestible poultry-free formula.
  • Crafted in Hereford, TX and cooked in the USA.

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.


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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

34 Customer Questions

Is your USA raised chicken then shipped, processed, and returned to and from China? I've learned that is the case for human grade chicken also.

Does this contain any GMO ingredients?
Answer by ChewyJan 23, 2020
Merrick recipes use fruits, vegetables and whole grains that are GMO-free. While they use only USDA-inspected protein options in the dog food and treats, they cannot guarantee that the diets of all the animals that provide the protein sources are GMO-free.

The food is made in the US but where are the ingredients gotten from?
Answer by ChewyJun 20, 2018
Merrick crafts their recipes with the world's best ingredients from the best producers. Most of their ingredients come from the USA, however, in certain circumstances some ingredients may come from another country (like lamb from New Zealand) to ensure the highest quality possible. Each and every ingredient must meet Merrick’s own rigorous quality standards. Ingredients are tested upon arrival, samples are tested throughout production, and all pet food is tested before its released for sale.

How should this food be stored?
Answer by ChewyDec 23, 2020
Merrick recommends keeping the kibble in the bag and using a storage bin to store it, at room temperature.

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Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By Shortfall on Jul 16, 2022

A total of 12 Raw Bites in the Bag!

I don’t know what has been happening with the last two orders of Merrick Dry Dog Food with freeze dried raw bites included, but both bags have had almost NO raw bites included. And this bag was only less than 3/4s full. Needless to say, I won’t be ordering again because the product is not being made as it used to be. Very disappoint because my dog loves this food. Do better!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Josh on Jul 26, 2022

Excellent Product

Our dogs love this food and switching definitely improved their fur/skin and overall health. The only issue we run into is that whoever gets to the food first eats all of the white "treat" pieces. So we've had to hold a few pieces back for the second dog to the bowl. I highly recommend this food.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By enigmaticscarab on Apr 2, 2022

Hands down Winner!

My dogs love it so much I could give it as training treats. They usually are very picky eaters, but this kibble disappears before they eat their dinner meat [beef liver/chicken giblet]... they apparently love rabbit, but they were never this crazy about the other brands claiming rabbit meat.

Rated 2 out of 5 stars
By vlad on Jul 24, 2022

last bag - no white raw pieces

our dogs like those a lot, however last bag came in with absolutely no raw bites.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Bella on Jul 16, 2022

July 15, 2022

Great dry food for a boxer allergic to all forms of chicken!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By GSPMommy on Feb 19, 2022

dogs approve

My dogs are allergic to grains and poultry and yes they were tested multi times ,and I have searched for food that has no poultry what so ever including the fat which is in lots of foods even labeled as chicken free . The food I was feeding was on a consent back order not from chewy but the manufacturer and the food was not sold in any retail near me ,so I had to switch so I went back to merrick which I fed many years ago until they changed their food . I needed food asap and my daughter got a bag of pacific formula and my dogs loved it . So I came on chewy and they carry it but merrick only makes two grain free /poultry free varieties the pacific and this great plains . So far they like both ,just hoping they do not get bored with only two varieties. The kibble us about medium size kibble and the freezed dried bits range in sizes threw out bag ,but I did notice the amount of freezed dried bits varies from bag to bag and I get both in the largest size ,I know it sold by weight but it is just about the sane as just grain free but with added freezed dried bits ,they need to put more freezed dried bits in each bag ,since the price is higher than just the grain free and they need more varieties with different protein sources that do not include poultry .I will keep buying since dogs do love it ,but hoping they just do not get bored with just two varieties.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Csddoglover on Feb 8, 2022

Merrick Backcountry Great Plains

My Great Pyrenees mix is a finicky eater. He is not food driven (tho he loves snacks) and would only eat about one cup of food per day (he’s 80 lbs.). He LOVES this new kibble, especially the big chunks. He now eats twice a day and cleans his bowl. This is pricey food (largest bag is only 20 lbs), but if my boy likes it, he shall have it.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Tracey on Mar 25, 2022

Hound Dog loves this food

My Fox Hound loves this food. We buy the largest bag and always have alot of the freeze dried pieces. Her coat is great and so is her health.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
By AstridRox on Jan 9, 2022

Good quality food

I started using this years ago for my picky bulldog with allergies to poultry. Both of my dogs like this food. The freeze dried bits tend to sit on top the bag, and are only a small fraction of the food. That doesn't seem to bother either of them. They have healthy shiny coats too.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By TNichols4 on Jan 27, 2022

Loves the chicken bits

Jax immediately went for the chicken bits and is eating less because he’s full and has more energy. Other dog food Blue Wilderness he was tired and always looking for more food, so wasn’t doing it’s job and he was putting too much weight.