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

  • Freeze-dried raw-diet dry dog food with lamb.
  • Features real deboned lamb as the very first ingredient.
  • Contains freeze-dried raw-coated kibble and freeze-dried raw bites.
  • Includes wild boar and venison in a protein-rich and highly-digestible 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.


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

10 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.

Are any ingredients sourced in China?
Answer by ChewyFeb 28, 2020
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.

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.

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Rated 4.4651 out of 5 stars
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172 Customer Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Winn on Jul 5, 2022

Change type of food

Our dog decided she wouldn’t eat her usual Merrick dog food anymore . Changed to a type with freeze dried raw in it and she loves it

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Hurksmom on Dec 6, 2021

Nice variety, Hurk likes it.

First off, if you read the reviews, one poor review stated this food lacked an essential amino acid needed to prevent congestive heart failure. That is Taurine I believe, and Taurine is right there in the ingredient list. I purchased a couple small bags of this to try with my Pittbull rescue. It seems to be helping his shedding and skin allergies. He loves it, so now it's on auto ship. OF course, he picks out the freeze-dried treats first, but he likes the 2 varieties I have purchased. I would take a star away for the price, as $70 for 20lbs is a chunk of change, but the other food he likes is the Stella & Chewy's Wild Red, and that one is even MORE (but lots of organic ingredients). My fault for liking big dogs I guess :)

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Corgimom on Aug 1, 2021

They love it!

I was buying American Journey for a while, which is a great brand, but they don’t have many flavor options and I like to change it up so my corgis don’t get bored. The girls love this food so much they picked around their old food through the transition. They always eat the freeze dried pieces first, and their stomachs didn’t seem to be bothered by it, plus Merrick has SO MANY choices which is great!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Selma on Aug 30, 2021

Great dry food

Have been purchasing this product for nearly 2 years and our pup loves it. She always looks for the small extra treats in every scoop and eats those first. Would highly recommend

Rated 2 out of 5 stars
By blah on Jun 25, 2021

My dogs did not like this at all

Not sure why but my two dogs refused to eat this food, I was hoping to get them on a better food, maybe the taste or smell, either way not happy spending that much money to just sit in a bag, will find a rescue to give it too.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
By Allie on May 27, 2021

Merrick Freeze-Dried Big game

My pups (two small under 25 pounds) love the freeze dried nuggets - there aren't very many in the bag so I purchase the freeze dried beef mixers. All in all its kind of pricy. But it has better ingredients than most other dog food I've researched. I chose this food as my one pup has skin issues.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Cooper on Mar 27, 2021

Awesome Awesome

The Merrick products are really creative. Big Game Raw infused is wonderful. Feel really comfortable buying this product for my dog. He wolfs it down & always is interested. Great idea to make the raw infused product available. Flavors that appeal to my big boy. Now dog parents have so much to pick from, so I do my best to get the best for my good boy. Kinda pricey, but so what. A good choice that provides a proper meal that is tasty.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By gingerdaboxer on Jun 24, 2021

great dog food

She loves the dry chicken I was having trouble finding her the perfect food but not anymore

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By yummy on Apr 1, 2021

the dogs love it

in my opinion Merrick is one of the best foods available. My dogs love this food. The multiple flavor options are a big plus to prevent boredom. Of course the dogs never complain its just me thinking they wouldn't want to eat the same thing every day.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By TOBY on Apr 22, 2021

Quality Ingredients

My dog loves this food, and I feel good feeding it to him because it does not contain inflammatory ingredients, like canola oil. This food checks all the boxes of what he needs.