Merrick Backcountry Raw Infused Puppy Recipe + Grains with Chicken & Salmon Freeze-Dried Dry Dog Food

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About This Item

  • Features a nutritious and delicious combination of freeze-dried raw-coated kibble and freeze-dried raw pieces of chicken.
  • Crafted with real deboned chicken first that stays in its raw, pure state for easy digestion.
  • Made with healthy grains and no peas or lentils.
  • Contains a generous source of omega fatty acids to support healthy skin and a lustrous coat.
  • Packed with glucosamine and chondroitin to support healthy hips and joints.

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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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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Top IngredientsDeboned Chicken, Chicken Meal, Brown Rice...Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal, Sweet Potatoes...Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal, Turkey Meal...Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal, Turkey Meal...Chicken, Turkey Meal, Peas...
Special DietRaw, With GrainNo Corn No Wheat No Soy, High-Protein, Grain-Free...High-Protein, With Grain, Natural, RawNo Corn No Wheat No Soy, Grain-Free, High-Protein...Grain-Free, High-Protein, No Corn No Wheat No Soy...
Breed SizeSmall Breeds, Medium Breeds, Large BreedsSmall Breeds, Medium Breeds, Large Breeds, All BreedsMedium Breeds, Small BreedsSmall Breeds, Medium Breeds, Large Breeds, All BreedsSmall Breeds, Medium Breeds
Food FlavorChicken, PoultryChicken, PoultryChicken, PoultryChicken, Turkey, PoultryChicken, Poultry
Food FormFreeze-DriedDry Food, Freeze-DriedDry FoodDry Food, Freeze-DriedDry Food, Freeze-Dried

Questions & Answers

6 Customer Questions

Approximately how many cups of food are in each 10lb bag? Thank you!
Answer by ChewyAug 03, 2020
There will be approximately 4 cups of kibble per pound. The 4 pound bag will have approximately 16 cups and the 10 pound bag will have approximately 40 cups of kibble.

Can I feed this to my boxer puppy
Answer by ChewyFeb 21, 2021
This food is suitable for puppies of all breed sizes.

Are there specific storage requirements?
Answer by ChewyFeb 14, 2021
Ideally, dry food and treats should be consumed within 6-8 weeks of opening the bag. Exposure to air, light, hot temperatures and humidity speeds up the rate at which foods degrade. To limit these effects, keep dry foods in their original packaging and store in a cool, dry location.

I have a Maltese and he gets tear stains. We give him filtered/bottled water. What dyes are in this dog food?
Answer by ChewyDec 17, 2020
Merrick does not use any chemicals or dyes in any of their recipes.

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38 Customer Reviews

Rated 2 out of 5 stars
By Sandi on Mar 4, 2022

Merrick Backcountry Puppy food.

My dog has always loved this food but the bag I got this time has Zero freeze dried pieces in it. It’s just a bag of the raw coated kibble minus the good parts he loves best. Not Chewy’s fault but dissatisfied with Merrick because I expected to get what I paid for.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By FranktheTank on Feb 23, 2022

Firm Stools! No more upset puppy tummy!

We went thru 5 dog foods till we found this food that finally settled our puppy’s stomach and added bonus, gave our puppy firm stools!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By JudyP on Jan 11, 2022

Excellent product

Although I cannot personally verify the taste, our new puppy seems to think it’s delicious, as she eats every bite at each feeding. It is a good size kibble and the addition of raw freeze dried bites makes it visually appealing.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Nicole on Jul 9, 2021

Picky large breed pup approves

My 4.5-month-old large breed pup loves this food. I've tried so many different types of foods (like Orijen) and he just doesn't seem enthusiastic about eating anything but this stuff he actually enjoys. I bought a 4lb bag first as a trial bag and did notice there weren't many freeze-dried pieces in the bag but when I ordered a 10lb bag it has significantly more freeze-dried pieces. My pup has been estimated to be about 90+lbs as an adult (currently 45lbs) and I was worried this food wouldn't be enough to support his growth but about a week into using this food and he's gained about 3 lbs. Overall I am happy with this food and will continue to feed this to Jesper.

Rated 2 out of 5 stars
By 4cats3dogs on May 16, 2021

My puppy was not a fan

I selected this food because I really like Merrick quality and it is usually well accepted. Also they have come out with a grain inclusive formula which I was happy about. My puppy initially ate this probably because it was a change to what she had been on with the breeder. But then little by little over a few days she started leaving more and more of the kibble behind (I mix with some other things). I bought a different kibble and she likes it much better (and continues to like it). Also I agree that they skimp on the freeze dried nuggets. Won’t be buying this again.

Rated 2 out of 5 stars
By Allropes on Apr 2, 2021


I was very disappointed with this food. There were only a small amount of the freeze dried pieces laying at the top of the bag once they were gone none were in the rest of the bag. Plus my puppy seemed to like it at first but now that the freeze dried pieces are gone he won’t eat it until he’s really hungry as expensive as it is there should be more freeze dried pieces through out the bag.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
By stacey on Dec 22, 2020

Merrick Backcountry Raw Infused with healthy grains

I received a bag of Merrick Backcountry Raw Infused Puppy Recipe + Grains complementary for an honest review. I have four dogs and it was difficult to keep my other three dogs away from this puppy food. I finally caved. When I’m feeding the baby I’d give a little to my other three and they loved it just as much as our puppy. Obviously now I’m going to look into getting the three older dogs their own bag. The size of the puppy food is perfect for our little one and she enjoys it. I’ll definitely be buying more of Puppy Recipe + Grains.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
By AJJones on Jan 3, 2021

My dogs loved this

My dogs loved this raw food. I sprinkled some on top of their usual food and it made them excited to eat. One of my dogs has a sensitive stomach, so his stomach got upset so I would be careful. However my other dog was totally fine and loved the food. If your dog has a pretty normal stomach you should definitely try this out.

Rated 2 out of 5 stars
By Mandyb on Dec 30, 2020

It’s ok just not for my puppy

I liked the fact that the pieces were small an easy to chew. The food had a great smell to it. However, my puppy did not like the brown pieces only the white ones. She’s not picky so idk if the brown pieces didn’t taste good or what but she wouldn’t eat them. Puppy is 8 months old an a shepherd/lab mix.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By KimB on Dec 20, 2020

My puppy like it

My puppy is about 7 months old and he’s a hungry boy. He’s a lab, pit, boxer mix and he pretty much eats everything. I gave him the #Merrickbackcountry food and he devoured this. It was no exception. Just like the picture on the bag is how it looks on the inside. I received the chicken and salmon flavor.