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Stuff your little ball of fluff with Merrick Lil' Plates Grain Free Small Breed Dry Dog Food Real Lamb + Sweet Potato Recipe. This delicious dry food for small dogs features real deboned lamb as the very first ingredient. It’s formulated with prebiotics and probiotics for digestion and formed into a small kibble size with a crunchy texture to help reduce plaque and keep teeth clean. This grain and gluten-free dry dog food is developed with high levels of omega fatty acids to help promote healthy skin and a shiny coat while glucosamine and chondroitin support hip and joint function. It’s paw-fect for helping small breeds of dogs in any stage of life build healthy muscles and maintain a high level of energy throughout the day.

Key Benefits
  • Grain-free dry dog food made with real lamb and sweet potato and specially crafted for small breed dogs.
  • If your pup loves this recipe, then try Lil' Plates Healthy Grains Real Lamb + Brown Rice Recipe (sold separately).
  • Features real deboned lamb as the very first ingredient.
  • Crafted with probiotics and prebiotic fiber to support healthy digestion.
  • Formulated with glucosamine and chondroitin to help maintain and support hip and joint health.

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  • Item Number
  • Weight
    12.0 pounds
  • Lifestage
  • Breed Size
    Extra Small & Toy Breeds, Small Breeds
  • Food Form
    Dry Food
  • Special Diet
    Grain-Free, No Corn No Wheat No Soy, Gluten Free, Sensitive Digestion

Deboned Lamb, Lamb Meal, Sweet Potatoes, Peas, Potatoes, Chickpeas, Potato Protein, Natural Flavor, Pea Protein, Pork Fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), Whitefish Meal, Salmon Oil, Apples, Flaxseed Oil, Blueberries, Inulin (from chicory root), Gelatin, Salt, Organic Dried Alfalfa Meal, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Minerals (Zinc Sulfate, Iron Amino Acid Complex, Zinc Amino Acid Complex, Manganese Amino Acid Complex, Copper Amino Acid Complex, Potassium Iodide, Cobalt Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Cobalt Carbonate), Choline Chloride, 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), Dried Bacillus coagulans Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus plantarum Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus casein Fermentation Product, Dried Enterococcus faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus Fermentation Product.

Caloric Content

3,566 kcal/kg, 393 kcal/cup

Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein30.0% min
Crude Fat15.0% min
Crude Fiber4.5% max
Moisture11.0% max
DHA0.05% min
Omega-6 Fatty Acids3.5% min
Omega-3 Fatty Acids0.4% min
Glucosamine800 mg/kg min
Chondroitin SulFate800 mg/kg min
Bacillius Coagulants90,000,000 cfu/lb min
Transition Instructions

Mix Merrick's food with your current pet's food over the course of 5-7 days. Continuously increase the amount of the Merrick food while decreasing the amount in your dog or cat's current diet.

About Merrick Lil' Plates for Small Breed Dogs

Big Nutrition for Small Pups

Big Nutrition for Small Pups

To cater to the big appetites of small pups, Merrick offers a line of grain-free dry and wet recipes for small breed dogs. And don't forget to clean teeth and freshen breath with Merrick's Fresh Kisses: a grain-free and potato-free dental treat available in extra small sizes for your Lil' pal.

It Starts With Protein

Merrick Lil' Plates recipes start with real and wholesome USDA-inspected deboned meat, poultry or fish as the first ingredient. This means that your pet will get more wholesome protein with every meal. Quality protein provides the amino acids necessary for building strong muscles and a healthy metabolism.

Palatable Plates for Your Lil' Pal

Palatable Plates for Your Lil' Pal

Give your small breed dog a delicious dinner with Merrick Lil' Plates single-serve dinner trays. Each recipe satisfies your tiny dog's desire for a meaty meal smothered in savory gravy, while providing him with incredible nutrition like high protein levels and essential fatty acids. These 100% grain-free dinners are packed into smaller portion sizes ideal for smaller breeds, so pet parents can always serve up a fresh meal.

Serve Up Balanced Nutrition

Following every protein are fresh fruits and vegetables like sweet potatoes, blueberries, peas and more for a complete and balanced recipe that will give your pup the nutrients he needs to live an active and healthy lifestyle. You won't find corn, grain or soy ingredients in any of Merrick Lil' Plates recipes, so your food-sensitive pup can safely enjoy the high-quality, nutritional benefits that Merrick offers.

Serve Up Balanced Nutrition
Benefits Worth Barking Over

Benefits Worth Barking Over

Merrick Lil' Plates has big benefits for small dogs, like added probiotics and prebiotics to help support nutrient absorption. Plus, each meal boasts leading levels of naturally occurring glucosamine and chondroitin to help support joint function. And the tiny, crunchy bites characteristic of Lil' Plates kibble are designed specifically for small breeds to help reduce plaque and keep your pup's teeth clean and in good condition.

Tasty Treats for Petite Pals

Merrick Lil' Plates offers a variety of grain-free and gluten-free treats that are not only enticing for your pup, but also provide a nutritional boost to keep him on his A-game all day, every day. Perfect for training and rewarding dogs, these treats always feature real, deboned meat as the number one ingredient and never have any artificial preservatives or fillers. Lil' Brush Bones help freshen breath and clean teeth, and they have a natural chicken flavor.

Tasty Treats for Petite Pals

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.

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

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

Flaxseed Oil: Delivers the right amount of healthy fats from omega-3 and 6 fatty acids to provide energy and maintain healthy skin.

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Protein Levels 38% 38% 34% 32% 28%
  • #1 Ingredient deboned meat delivering leading levels of quality protein
  • NO – corn, soy, or grain
  • Digestive tract health formulated with prebiotics & probiotics

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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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Best food from the greatest company

    By Katie on Sep 11, 2020

    Merrick's lamb and sweet potato dry food has worked wonders on my 10 year old Dachshund's coat and skin. She's trimmed her weight down and has a lot more energy since I switched her over to Merrick products. Her skin and fur is so healthy looking now and her coat shines and has gotten soft again. I am so happy that I found this food. I've shared this food with several friends whose dogs had dull coats and itchy skin. And they've noticed the difference too. Thank you Merrick for caring as much as I do.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Merrick Lil Plates Dry Dog Food Lamb

    By Julie on Sep 8, 2020

    My Toy Poodles really like this food, and I like the limited protein

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    One proud Mom!

    By CMGS717 on Jun 24, 2019

    Hi, bought the Merricks Lamb & sweet potatoe for my Chi mix. She is 14 yrs old, has sensitive stomach and allergy issues. I was previously feeding her Blue Buffalo Lamb. When I received the Merricks, I mixed the 2 together as recommended. Well "Bambi" picked out all the Merrick food and ate it! She left the Buffalo behind. Then I knew! She loves this stuff. Bought a small bag because I wasn't sure she would like it. Looks like we're gonna need a "Bigger Bag"! Thank you Chewy!

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  • 4 out of 5 stars

    Metricks Lil plates

    By Kasey on Oct 4, 2019

    So far so good. My 15 year old will be going to the vets for her check up so I'll get my vets determination and review.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    My chi's love it...

    By shiloh1 on Sep 15, 2019

    I have 3 tiny chi's one with a liver issue and my kids love the taste and size of the food.

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  • 4 out of 5 stars

    My Mini Goldendoodle loves this food

    By Mindy on Jun 14, 2019

    My dog is a very picky eater and he absolutely loves the Merrick Lamb and Sweet Potato Kibble. His coat is soft and shiny and he doesn't dump it all over the floor! I really like the hook and loop closure on the bag, except that it does start to peel away from the bag after a few uses.

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  • 3 out of 5 stars

    Headline was misleading

    By Good on May 25, 2019

    Although the product itself is amazing and my dogs love it, the kibble is actually for “small breeds” and this was not what I needed for my GSD. Wish the label on the website was more clear.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Tinker bell loves this food

    By TinkerBell on May 7, 2019

    We have an Imperial Shih Tzu who is very very finicky. My husband read reviews stating that Merrick was the best dog food. We decided to give it a try switching from Blue Buffalo. Tinker LOVES it! We would highly recommended this food!

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Merrick lil plates

    By Bond007 on Mar 9, 2019

    We recently introduced our dog to Merrick Lil Plates and he loves it!! And we love Chewy! Fast delivery and great customer service.

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  • 4 out of 5 stars

    New Cereal

    By BobZ on Nov 20, 2018

    We changed our dry dog food to Merrick's lil Plates real lamb dry food two days ago. Our dog enjoyed it from the start and eats it up! He (we) enjoy the small bites making it easy to eat since he is a small Havanese. We'll continue this food and try other Merrick varieties over time. Impressed so far.

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