Merrick Backcountry Raw Infused Large Breed Dry Dog Food Review

by

Samantha Biggers

Last updated Aug. 2, 2018

What This Article Covers

Our Recommendation

Merrick is a great brand and this formula holds true to their strong reputation and commitment to quality ingredients. Dogs will enjoy a formula based on a lot of different meat proteins!

  • Chicken, turkey, salmon, lamb, and duck give your dog all their favorites in one dog food. 
  • Grain-free formula means no corn, wheat, soy, or rice.
  • Probiotics promote healthy digestion and help your dog get the most out of each and every bite.
  • Vitamins and minerals added.
  • Blueberries and apples add flavor and antioxidants.
  • Gelatin helps provide support for hips and joints.
  • Omega-3 and 6 fatty acids from salmon oil.

This is a wonderful dog food that I have no problem recommending. The price point is high enough that I will say that it is not suitable for multiple large breed dogs. You may be able to feed a raw or homecooked diet for less

Merrick is suitable for dogs that have sensitive stomachs and that need to be on diets that keep ingredients simple and high quality.

Ingredients

Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal, Turkey Meal, Peas, Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes, Salmon Meal, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), Natural Flavor, Potato Protein, Lamb, Duck, Chicken Liver, Apples, Blueberries, 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 Lactobacillus plantarum Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus casein Fermentation Product, Dried Enterococcus faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus Fermentation Product.


Nutritional Analysis

Pet food ingredients, nutritional values, and the way they are labeled for consumers are monitored by several organizations in the United States including the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the NGO, Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO).

Each year the AAFCO publishes two sets of nutritional minimum standards for dog food intended to help specify if a food is suitable for:

1. Dogs in the growth & reproduction phases of life
2. Adult dogs maintaining a healthy weight and activity level

Caloric Content

3,660 kcal/kg, 389 kcal/cup

Guaranteed Analysis

Nutritional Component Value Meets AAFCO Growth & Reproduction Standards Meets AAFCO Adult Maintenance Standards
____________________________ ____________________ ____________________ ____________________
CRUDE PROTEIN 38.0% min - -
CRUDE FAT 17.0% min - -
CRUDE FIBER 3.5% max - -
MOISTURE 11.0% max - -
OMEGA-6 FATTY ACIDS 3.0% min
OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS 0.3.0% min
GLUCOSAMINE 1200 mg/kg min
CHONDROITIN SULFATE 1200 mg/kg min

* - indicates not yet analyzed

Transition Instructions

Replace your regular dog food with Merrick gradually over a 5-7 day time period.

Feeding Amounts


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 1/3
70 LBS 3 3/4
80 LBS 4 1/4
90 LBS 4 2/3
100 LBS 5

Feeding Instructions

Split the above amounts up over the amount of times per day you want to feed your dog. Pregnant or nursing dogs and puppies may need up to three times the amounts in the chart above.

  • If feeding with wet food, reduce dry amount by 1/2 cup for every 6 oz of wet food.

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

The Bottom Line

The ingredients in this dog food are easy to understand and provide top quality nutrition for your large breed dog. While the price is a bit much for those of us with more than one giant dog, it is a concentrated dog food so a bag will go further than a lot of brands. 

If you want to feed your dog close to a raw diet but don't have time to prepare and cook, this is a dog food that is simple to order and keep on hand. I like that there are no cheap fillers, coloring agents, artificial flavors, or animal digest.