MERRICK Lil' Plates Grain-Free Chicken-Free Real Texas Beef + Sweet Potato Recipe Small Breed Dry Dog Food, 20-lb bag -

Merrick Lil' Plates Grain-Free Chicken-Free Real Beef & Sweet Potato Dry Dog Food

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About This Item


  • Grain free dry dog food designed for small breeds that features real Texas beef and sweet potatoes.
  • Real deboned Texas beef is the first ingredient – the recipe offers the perfect combination of protein and healthy fats to help your pup stay fit and energized.
  • Crafted with probiotics and omega-3 fatty acids to support healthy digestion, skin and coat.
  • Made with leading levels of glucosamine and chondroitin which help preserve healthy hips and joints.
  • Features small, crunchy kibble that cleans your pal’s teeth and helps reduce plaque.

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Nutritional Information

Feeding Instructions

About Merrick 'Lil Plates

Big Nutrition for Small Breeds

No matter how small your dog might be, there’s nothing little about his dietary needs! Merrick Lil’ Plates caters to the big appetites of small breed pups with a delicious line of dry food, silky wet food pates, bite-sized morsels in gravy wet foods, and bite-sized chewy treats. These grain-free recipes deliver huge flavor and big-time, quality nutrition for small breed dogs.

Quality Protein

The #1 ingredient in Lil’ Plates is high-quality protein like real meat, fish or poultry for healthy energy and muscles.

Healthy Digestion

The grain-free recipes include whole foods and no gluten, artificial colors or preservatives.

Sized Small for Tiny Dogs

The dry recipes and treats are sized for tiny mouths, and the wet pate and chunky recipes come in single-serve portions.

See the Difference

Crafted in Hereford, Texas and cooked in the US, these recipes include whole foods and probiotics in the dry kibble.

About Merrick

The Merrick story began over 30 years ago and their main goal has always been to make the best pet food possible. They use premium ingredients from real, whole foods, combining them to create nutrient-rich recipes that make a difference in how your pet looks and feels. Merrick is all about staying true to their roots, so they still handcraft recipes in the original Hereford, Texas kitchen where Garth Merrick started the company. They also partner with organizations that share their love of pets.

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Questions & Answers

10 Customer Questions

My Yorkie is about to turn a year old next month? Is this Dry Dog Food good for a small breed yorkie?
Answer by ChewyJun 19, 2018
This food is suitable for all small, extra small, and toy breeds including Yorkies.

I will be bringing home a 9 week old pup and have 12 yr. old at home. Is this considered an "all stage" food?
Answer by ChewyApr 03, 2018
This formula is suitable for small breed dogs of all life stages.

Are the kibble bites small enough to eat for a Toy breed, specifically a Chichuhua.
Answer by ChewyJan 25, 2018
This formula features small kibble bites perfect for Extra Small, Small and Toy Breeds.

Are any of these moist or soft chew
Answer by ChewyDec 19, 2017
Dog's size and age is important when it comes to kibble size and texture. For example, the kibble for a giant breed adult dog is much larger and more brittle than the kibble for a miniature breed puppy, which needs smaller, softer pieces.

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Rated 4.4124 out of 5 stars
177 Ratings
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177 Customer Reviews

Rated 3 out of 5 stars
By Nan on May 25, 2023

Good taste- pieces too small

The dog food tastes good for my small dog, but the pieces are so small I’m worried he’s eating too quickly and will choke

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By eckidd on Sep 10, 2022

My dog refused to eat this.

I purchased this for my dog as he is small. I like the size of the kibble. Looked like it would be healthy for him. He ate a few bites the first day and has refused to eat any since that first time. He usually eats just about everything. I was very surprised when he refused to eat this.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By skms on Aug 19, 2022

They love it

I have 2 senior dogs and 1 middle aged. All 3 love taste and I love the ingredients. They had been eating a refrigerated diet until I read that mold had been found inside that product. I wasn't sure how they would adjust, but they took right to it. Transition slowly, one of my dogs had diarrhea one day so I slowed the process down.

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By Spiffy on Jul 27, 2022

Not fit for consumption

This pet food is not fit for consumption. Product stinks and my Chihuahuas would not touch this food. My husband trys all of the dry dog food we purchase. He felt sick after trying on piece of this dog food. I wish I could give zero stars. We went back to the Zignature brand that does not dissapoint.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By nancy on Aug 16, 2022

first time ever

My dog Dixie loves this food so much! I was so surprised and pleased. Grain free. Just what she needed. Thanks Chewy

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Gloma on Jun 27, 2022

Good product

This food seems fine. I ordered the wrong one, but this is fine. I met to get one with freeze dried beef bits.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By PuppyLove on Jul 27, 2022

My dogs love this!!

Very happy with the Merrick dog food; my dogs look great and really like it!

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By allergicreaction on Jun 13, 2022


I put water on it to see if anything would come to the surface and it looked bad.

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By Macie on May 1, 2022

Not great taste

My two Shih Tzu’s turned their nose up to it. Tried for a week even mixed in with old food and it didn’t help.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By SusanB on May 22, 2022

Glad I switched

All the pups like it. It comes in small size kibble. The price is very reasonable