Merrick Backcountry Raw Infused Big Game Recipe with Lamb, Buffalo & Venison Grain-Free Dry Dog Food

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Merrick Backcountry Raw Infused Big Game Recipe with Lamb, Buffalo & Venison Grain-Free Dry Dog Food is an all-natural, grain free ancestral canine diet packed with protein your best friend will crave. The unique raw-infused kibble recipe delivers a perfect combination of protein-rich, grain-free kibble along with real, whole pieces of raw, freeze-dried red meat. Real, wholesome fruits and veggies like sweet potatoes, peas, apples and blueberries are added for vital nutrients and fiber. Give your pooch the nutritional benefits of a raw diet like he would have discovered in the wild, now in a safe and convenient recipe that's easy to serve.

Key Benefits

  • Deboned lamb is the first ingredient, along with raw, freeze-dried red meat pieces for a taste, texture and aroma your big dog will crave.
  • Grain-free formula with no gluten ingredients for easier digestibility; also contains no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.
  • Omega fatty acids from salmon oil help support healthy skin and a smooth, shiny coat.
  • Added glucosamine and chondroitin help support healthy hip and joint function.
  • Proudly made in Merrick’s Texas facility using the world’s best locally-sourced ingredients from farmers they know and trust; no ingredients from China.

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  • Weight
    22.0 pounds
  • Breed Size
    All Breeds, Small Breeds, Medium Breeds, Large Breeds
  • Food Form
    Dry Food
  • Lifestage
  • Made in
    United States
  • Special Diet
    High-Protein, Grain-Free, No Corn No Wheat No Soy, Gluten Free

Nutritional Info


Deboned Lamb, Pork Meal, Turkey Meal, Sweet Potatoes, Peas, Potatoes, Pea Protein, Natural Flavor, Potato Protein, Chicken Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Buffalo, Venison, Salmon Meal, Beef, Beef Liver, Apples, Gelatin, Blueberries, Organic Alfalfa, Salmon Oil (Source of Omega-3 Fatty Acids), Salt, Minerals (Zinc Sulfate, Iron Amino Acid Complex, Zinc Amino Acid Complex, Manganese Amino Acid Complex, Copper Amino Acid Complex, Potassium Iodide, Cobalt Amino Acid Complex, Sodium Selenite), Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Vitamin A Acetate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Niacin, Riboflavin Supplement, Biotin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid, Thiamine Mononitrate), Choline Chloride, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Dried Lactobacillus Plantarum Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Casei Fermentation Product, Dried Enterococcus Faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Product, Rosemary Extract.

Caloric Content

3,738 kcal/kg, 374 kcal/cup

Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein 38.0% min
Crude Fat 16.0% min
Crude Fiber 3.5% max
Moisture 11.0% max
Omega-6 Fatty Acid 4.0% min
Omega-3 Fatty Acid 0.3.0% min
Glucosamine 800 mg/kg min
Chondroitin SulFate 800 mg/kg min

Feeding Instructions

Weight Daily Feeding (cup)
3 lbs 1/3
6 lbs 2/3
10 lbs 1
15 lbs 1 1/4
20 lbs 1 1/2
30 lbs 2
40 lbs 2 1/2
50 lbs 3
60 lbs 3 1/2
70 lbs 4
80 lbs 4 1/3
90 lbs 4 3/4
100 lbs 5 1/4

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

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 in the chart as an initial recommendation only and adjust when needed.

Dry and wet food in combination will help 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.

Transition Instructions

Gradually mix in the new food over a 5 - 7 day period, increasing the amount of Backcountry Big Game Recipe each day.

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Going the Extra Country Mile

Going the Extra Country Mile

Dogs crave a protein-rich diet, the way nature intended. Give your dog what he craves with Merrick Backcountry’s all-natural, grain-free ancestral canine diet. Every Backcountry recipe features deboned meat, poultry or fish as the number one ingredient, and always includes a mix of proteins for a balanced diet that your dog would have discovered in the wild.

Fresh, Whole Food Ingredients

All recipes are cooked in the USA in Merrick's own organically certified kitchens and contain absolutely no ingredients from China. Each meal and treat has the freshest, highest quality ingredients sourced from trusted farmers and ranchers across the country, all four seasons of the year. Merrick only uses the freshest ingredients without additives, sweeteners, colors or preservatives.

High-Protein Kibble + Freeze-Dried Raw Meat

High-Protein Kibble + Freeze-Dried Raw Meat

To lock in fresh taste and maintain nutritional benefits in their purest state, every serving of Merrick’s Backcountry dry dog food has freeze-dried real raw meat, poultry or fish pieces. Merrick Backcountry’s Raw Infused kibble recipes deliver the perfect combination of protein-rich kibble plus real, whole pieces of raw, freeze-dried meat, poultry or fish in a safe, convenient recipe that’s easy to serve.

Grain-Free Meals, Like Nature Intended

Merrick Backcountry's grain-free wet food options include hearty stews, dinner with tender chunks of meat, and loaf-style 96% meat recipes―all rich in protein and flavor. You can easily add moisture to your dog’s diet and provide him with the complete and balanced nutrition he needs and the taste he loves.

Grain-Free Meals, Like Nature Intended
Treat Your Dog to a Taste That’s Naturally Good

Treat Your Dog to a Taste That’s Naturally Good

Pups love the texture and taste of Backcountry’s jerky, patties, sausage cuts and freeze-dried raw treats and mixers. Treat your dog to the natural taste he craves with treats and mixers that always have deboned meat, poultry or fish as the number one ingredient and absolutely no artificial ingredients or fillers.

The Makings of a Meal Fit for Your Best Friend

Sweet Potatoes: Excellent source of complex carbs, vitamins, minerals, beta-carotene, and starch that converts easily into sugar for quick energy.

Blueberries: Loaded with vitamins C and E, healthy carbs, fiber and powerful antioxidants for immune system support and urinary tract health.

Salmon Oil: Contains long-chain omega-3 fatty acids, plus EPA and DHA for overall health and well-being.

Organic Alfalfa: Rich source of calcium and serves as a good source of fiber, vitamins and carotene.

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Blends Beef, Lamb & Rabbit Lamb, Buffalo & Venison Turkey, Duck & Quail Salmon, Whitefish & Trout Beef, Pork & Turkey Chicken & Turkey Chicken
Protein Levels 38% 38% 38% 34% 38% 38% 30%
First Ingredient Deboned Beef Deboned Lamb Deboned Turkey Deboned Salmon Deboned Beef Deboned Chicken Deboned Chicken
  • No grain, wheat, corn or gluten
  • Rich in Omega fatty acids
  • Freeze-dried real raw meat, poultry or fish

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 25 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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    My dog, a rescue, came to me with constant skin irritation. She had large hot spots and scabs on her legs where she would bite at her self constantly. Increased exercise and a switch to Merrick backcountry have all but stopped this behavior! Years later she is scab/hot spot free and her coat is healthy and shiny!

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    I really love Merrick Backcountry, it's the only food my boy will eat. I've tried many brands including wellness, 2 different flavors of taste of the wild, Acana, and nutro natural choice and he turned his nose up Everytime. It wasn't until I was talking to my manager about picky Shepherd and that's when she recommended Merrick and I haven't had a problem since. I started him on the game bird recipe and he LOVED IT! I just recently put him on the big game recipe and he still loves it, tho I noticed there is not as many raw pieces as the other flavor, which sucks cause my boy loves them!

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  • Worked for my dog’s allergies!

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    This food is wheat and dairy- free which my dog is allergic to. He was itchy and scratching and his skin was turning black on a food I thought didn’t contain these ingredients. A couple weeks on this food, his skin is turning pink again and the itchiness gone. He also loves it.

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  • Great Food

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    I recently wanted to try a new Food for my K9 and Merrick Back Country caught my interest. My K9 "ARE" loves it and I don't think we will be going back to any other grain free products anytime soon, The Large Chunks of Raw Bits are what sold us and to watch him eat it I knew we had found a great brand.

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  • Great Food

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    My Boston Terrier loves this dog food. I've used the Back Country Raw Infused Puppy as well. He eats the freeze dried bits first, they are like a treat. Even my cats come to his bowl to eat this food. Would highly recommend. I also like the fact that the bag closes so well and keeps the food fresh.

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    I had been very hesitant about ordering from chewy in the pass. I am glad I gave them a chance. Ordering was super easy and shipping turnaround was out of this world. I placed my order on a weekday around 5 p.m., the Fedex man was ringing my door be the next day around noon! My dogs love the Merrick Backcountry Raw infused so much, its always a growling stand down at each other to get the raw infused pieces.

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  • Dog loves it.

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    I have a 1 year old female German shepherd. She was leaving her bowl half full like she was hungry but wasn't interested in the food. Bought this for her, and her bowls are empty. She really enjoys the freezer dried pieces of meat, she'll eat all of them and then the kibbles.

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    My male started to reject the food I was feeding him. I started him on Backcountry and he seems to love it, especially the freeze dried bits. My only negative comment is that some of the bags have very few freeze dried bits in them. Otherwise, he loves it.

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  • Yummy for my labs tummy

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    My 19 month old black lab absolutely loves this food. He is an indoor dog and not too active so this will not be a regular rotation in his diet. The smell is not too bad, he kibbles are small which made it easy for him to gobble down the kibble quickly. 4 stars because the protein levels were too high for my non hunting dog.

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    I have 6 dogs that I want to please with one food. I had been feeding one brand with coaxing and additives (canned) that became unavailable on Chewy. I could have gotten it on another website, but I did not want to leave Chewy because I am so pleased with it! So I called and spoke with a representative and got the help I needed. Now with no coaxing at all, my 6 picky eaters are satisfied!!! Amazing!!!

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