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Merrick Dog Food Reviews


Merrick is a premium dog food brand, but are they the best dog food? In our Merrick Dog Food Reviews we’ll go over the ingredient list for each of their foods, and a break down of the nutritional value that this dry dog food presents. This brand is based in Texas, and they tout the usage of human grade ingredients in all of their foods. They have several different recipes including a lot of grain free varieties, but not all of their foods are grain free. So, if this is important to you make sure to check that you’re buying a grain free flavor before completing your purchase. Any grain free foods should be clearly marked on the package. They also have recipes for weight control, small breed specific recipes and puppy food. Only one of our Merrick dog food reviews covers a product that is not grain free: Merrick Classic.

Available Merrick Dog Food Varieties

  • Merrick Grain Free Dog Food
  • Merrick Back Country
  • Merrick Back Country Raw
  • Merrick Limited Ingredient Diet
  • Merrick Classic


Merrick Dog Food Reviews: Merrick Grain Free

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The grain free Merrick dog food is great for pet parents who don’t want their dogs to ingest a lot of unneeded wheat products. This includes wheat, corn and soy. If your dog has shown to have an intolerance or allergy to traditional big store food brands then grain free may be the way to go. The number one ingredient in this food is de-boned meat, which is always a key factor to look for when choosing a food. If the protein is difficult to find in the ingredients list that means it’s a low quality ingredient that the manufacturer is trying to hide from you.

This food has an excellent nutritional distribution with a ratio of 70% protein/fats to 30% high quality vegetable matter. The protein comes from poultry and fish ingredients, while the produce comes from healthy vegetables like sweet potatoes and peas instead of low quality wheat or corn products that cheaper foods use as filler. Below is the ingredient list for the above flavor Merrick Real Texas Beef and Sweet Potato.

Deboned Beef, Lamb Meal, Sweet Potatoes, Peas, Potatoes, Potato Protein, Natural Flavor, Pea Protein, Pork Fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), Flaxseed Oil, Apples, Salmon Oil, Deboned Salmon, Blueberries, Organic Alfalfa, Salt, Minerals (Zinc Amino Acid Complex, Zinc Sulfate, Iron 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 Supplement, 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.

While lamb meal may sound like an unnatural product it’s actually a very good one. A protein “meal” like the one seen above actually has a much higher protein count than the meat itself would. The reason being that to make the lamb meal the water is removed. Water accounts for a log of empty calories. A product like lamb meal will provide roughly 4-5 times more in regards to nutrition than the meat itself would.

In addition to the lamb, this and most other Merrick foods also contain fish proteins. These are great for your dog as they provide omega 3 that results in healthy skin, and a shiny coat. This particular food contains salmon meat and oil which are very high quality fish products. There’s also excellent ingredients on the vegetable front in the form of peas, sweet potatoes and blueberries. These provide valuable anti-oxidants and vitamins for your dog to help balance out their diet.

Merrick Grain Free Guaranteed Analysis

Crude protein (min.) 38.00 %
Crude fat (min.) 15.00 %
Crude fiber (max.) 3.50 %
Moisture (max.) 11.00 %
Omega-6 fatty acid* (min.) 3.50 %
Omega-3 fatty acid* (min.) 0.35 %
Glucosamine Hydrochloride* (min.) 800 mg/kg
Chondroitin Sulfate* (min.) 800 mg/kg

Merrick Dog Food Reviews Important Take Aways

  • Made in the USA
  • Locally sourced ingredients
  • No corn, soy, wheat or gluten
  • High quality proteins and fats
  • No artificial ingredients

Merrick Grain Free Dog Food Available Flavors


Merrick Dog Food Reviews: Merrick Backcountryback country dog food rating

Merrick backcountry recipe is a combination food. This interesting product combines both grain free dry kibble, and high quality freeze dried protein. This recipe seeks to provide a more natural diet like something a dog would eat in the wild. These recipes mix high quality proteins and raw meats while excluding grains. There are several flavors to choose from in this recipe including wild meats like venison or buffalo.

 

merrick back country review

Merick backcountry is a great food if you want to insure your dog is getting a lot of protein in their diet. This food has a whopping 38% protein. It’s also grain free, and it provides real freeze dried meat. This type of food would do well for very active dogs like those used for hunting or farm jobs. Like the previous item on our review this one is also free of wheat, soy and gluten. It also features lamb meat as the number one ingredient, and it’s always good to see a high quality protein at the top of the list. Here’s the full ingredients list for the Merrick Back Country Big Game Recipe.

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.

As you can see these ingredients are fairly similar to the regular grain free food with the exception that a lot more proteins are present. The specialty of this particular food is in a healthy mix of proteins. In the wild a dog would not be eating just chicken. They would be eating a wide variety of whatever proteins that could acquire. This particular recipe includes lamb, pork meal, turkey, chicken fat, buffalo, venison, beef, beef liver and salmon! That’s a huge mix of high quality proteins and fats.

The pork meal and salmon meal no doubt helps up the protein content to that high level displayed on the bag. This gives you more bang for your buck in the protein department, and the healthy oils and fats included in this recipe make this food a top notch choice for any pup. While beef liver is something that makes humans a little ill the fact is that it’s a high quality organ meat, and an excellent inclusion. Organ meats tend to be more densely packed with pretty much every available nutrient.

Merrick Back Country Guaranteed Analysis

Crude protein (min.) 38.00%
Crude fat (min.) 17.00%
Crude fiber (max.) 3.50%
Moisture (max.) 11.00%
Omega-6 fatty acid* (min.) 3.00%
Omega-3 fatty acid* (min.) 0.30%
Glucosamine* (min.) 800 mg/kg
Chondroitin Sulfate* (min.) 800 mg/kg

Merrick Dog Food Reviews Important take aways

  • Made in the USA
  • High quality wild proteins like buffalo and venison
  • High quality fats and organ meat
  • Real freeze dried meat mixed in with high protein kibble
  • Grain free (no wheat, corn or soy)
  • No artificial ingredients

Merrick Backcountry Dog Food Available Flavors


Merrick Dog Food Reviews: Backcountry Raw

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In addition to the raw and kibble mix Merrick also sells their freeze dried food as a separate product. This real meat mix is much higher in protein than the kibble version, and you have the option of feeding this over top of or mixed in kibble or as a meal by itself if you choose! Though some people find it to be too expensive to feed this product by itself. If you’d like to only feed your dog the high quality proteins of a freeze dried real meat diet this could be a good choice for you.

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If you prefer to feed the most natural diet possible then this high quality freeze dried food might be the right choice. This food contains no kibble, but you have the option of mixing it in with a Merrick bag food or your favorite bag food. You can also feed it by itself as a high quality, protein and fat rich freeze dried food. This food can be served as is or you can re-hydrate it by adding 1/4 cup of water to 1 cup of bagged food. Here’s the ingredients list for Merrick Backcountry Raw Real Beef Recipe.

Deboned Beef, Beef Liver, Dried Potatoes, Gelatin, Potato Protein, Beef Broth, Dried Kelp, Mixed Tocopherols (a preservative), Apples, Carrots, Blueberries, Potassium Chloride, Minerals (Zinc Amino Acid Complex, Iron Amino Acid Complex, Potassium Chloride, Copper Amino Acid Complex, Manganese Amino Acid Complex, Sodium Selenite, Calcium Iodate), Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, Niacin, Thiamine Mononitrate, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid), Choline Chloride.

The ingredients look similar to the kibble food, but the nutritional analysis is the the more important part. The overall ratio of ingredients tells more about the food, and what you can expect from it.

Merrick  Backcountry Raw Guaranteed Analysis

Crude protein (min.) 40.00 %
Crude fat (min.) 18.00 %
Crude fiber (max.) 3.00 %
Moisture (max.) 6.00 %


Feeding Guide For Backcountry Raw 

GOAL WT (LBS) CALORIES/DAY CUPS/DAY (APPROX)
3 139 1/2 cup
6 233 1 cup
10 342 1-1/4 cups
15 464 1-1/2 cups
20 575 2 cups
30 780 2-3/4 cups
40 968 3-1/3 cups
50 1144 4 cups

Merrick Dog Food Reviews Important take aways

  • Made in the USA
  • More expensive than kibble food
  • Real high quality freeze dried meat
  • More nutrient rich
  • Grain free (no wheat, corn or soy)
  • No artificial ingredients

Merrick Backcountry Dog Food Available Flavors


Merrick Dog Food Reviews: Limited Ingredient Dog Food

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Merrick’s Limited Ingredient Dog Food is meant to be the most simple recipe in their collection of dog foods. This food focusing on one key protein and as few ingredients as possible. If you have a pet that’s very sensitive to food changes or ingredients this could be a solid choice as there’s less surprises in a limited ingredient food. Also great for dogs with sensitive stomachs who need a food that is easy on their digestive systems. Here’s the ingredient list for Merrick Limited Ingredient Diet Real Duck and Sweet Potato Recipe.

Deboned Duck, Duck Meal, Sweet Potatoes, Peas, Potatoes, Pea Protein, Duck Fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), Natural Flavor, Potato Protein, Organic Alfalfa, 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.

As you can see, the focus for this food is duck. That includes real duck meat as the main ingredient, and duck meal as the secondary ingredient. This is common in Merrick foods, and this is actually an ingredient with a much higher nutritional profile. The water is simply removed, and the meat is dried turning it into a high protein meal. This food also features the Merrick staples of sweet potatos and peas while excluding common allergens like soy, wheat and corn. This food is completely grain free. It has a very nice 70/30 ratio of proteins/fats and healthy vegetables. It’s also very vitamin rich, and would be a great choice for older dogs that need better nutrition, have developed food allergies or intolerance, or have sensitive stomachs.

Merrick Limited Ingredient Recipe Guaranteed Analysis

Crude Protein (min) 26%
Crude Fat (min) 13%
Crude Fiber (max) 3.5%
Moisture (min) 11%
Omega-6 fatty acid* (min) 3.0%
Omega-3 fatty acid* (min) 0.3%
Glucosamine* (min) 1200 mg/kg
Chondroitin Sulfate* (min) 1200 mg/kg

Merrick Dog Food Reviews Important take aways

  • Made in the USA
  • High quality wild proteins and fats like duck and salmon
  • Limited ingredients
  • Good for dogs with sensitive stomachs or allergies
  • Grain free (no wheat, corn or soy)
  • No artificial ingredients

Merrick Limited Ingredient Recipe Flavors



Merrick Dog Food Reviews: Classic

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The classic recipe is the only Merrick dog food reviews recipe that is not grain free. Instead this one focuses on healthier grains. So if you don’t mind your dog having grains in your diet it can still be a great choice. This food focuses on offering quality protein and whole grains instead of common filler items like corn or soy. You can expect to find real beef, real chicken, salmon oil, quinoa, peas, brown rice and more in this recipe’s flavors. Below you’ll see the ingredients for the above flavor Merrick Classic Real Beef and Green Peas Recipe with Ancient Grains.

Deboned Beef, Pork Meal, Peas, Brown Rice, Barley, Pork Fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), Lamb Meal, Natural Flavor, Pea Protein, Quinoa, Oatmeal, Beef Liver, Salmon Meal, Carrots, Apples, Flaxseed Oil (source of Omega-3 fatty acids), Blueberries, Chia Seed, Organic Alfalfa Meal, Potassium Chloride, Salt, Dicalcium Phosphate, 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 casei Fermentation Product, Dried Enterococcus faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus Fermentation Product, Rosemary Extract.

As with all Merrick dog food the first ingredient is real beef. A solid, high quality protein. In addition you’ll also find pork meal and pork fat used to up the protein and fat content of this food. Next up are the grains and vegetables in the form of healthy whole grains like brown rice and barley. You’ll notice that this recipe also includes beef live. Organ meats are a great way to add nutrients to your dog’s diet. You’ll also get high quality fats from the salmon meal. All around I think this is a great food. It has a lot of really great ingredients. If you’re put off by the inclusion of grains they have plenty of grain free options as seen above though.

Merrick Classic Guaranteed Analysis

Crude Protein (min) 30.00 %
Crude Fat (min) 15.00 %
Crude Fiber (max) 3.50 %
Moisture (max.) 11.00 %
Omega-6 fatty acid* (min.) 2.00%
Omega-3 fatty acid* (min.) 0.30%
Glucosamine (min.) 1200 mg/kg
Chondroitin Sulfate* (min.) 1200 mg/kg

While this food is nutritionally balanced at a 70/30 ratio of protein/fat and veggies/carbs it is the lowest in protein of all the Merrick foods. If you’d prefer your dog to be on higher protein diet this one isn’t the best choice. One of the other foods above offer a much higher protein and fat ratio.

Merrick Dog Food Reviews Important take aways

  • Made in the USA
  • High quality wild proteins and fats like real beef and salmon
  • Whole grains only
  • No corn or soy
  • Contains organ meat
  • No artificial ingredients

Merrick Classic Recipe Flavors


Merrick Dog Food Reviews From Customers

Had some problems with a well-known major brand that was supposed to be their top-shelf food. Our Boxer would periodically vomit within an hour after eating. She has been on Merrick now for about 18 months without one incident. She loves it and I love that the products are grown here in the US and not imported. I will only use Merrick from now on. As a happy member of the family, our dog deserves the best and this is it. – Jeff

 

Give it time to work! After 6 months of Merrick Backcountry Pacific Catch Recipe (plus Merrick treats), our 5 year old Beagle/dachshund is ALLERGY FREE. We haven’t had to give her the allergy meds ($1 ea 2x per day) or use her expensive shampoo (had to be left on for 10 min) for 2 weeks now even though summer is in full bloom here in NE Ohio. She doesn’t throw up that yellow, frothy stuff in the mornings as much, either. As other reviewers have posted, her fur has become puppy soft. Not only that, Reese’s fur is getting longer, too (she’s developed little tufts on her haunches & now has a prominent white tip on her tail). Naturally she loves the food–it’s the real deal & she knows it. – Annie

 

We have two dogs. One of them will eat anything and everything, the other one is picky AND has food allergies. Between figuring out her allergies and food preferences, we were switching foods every three months. We tried every grain free food we could find in almost every combination (lamb, salmon, duck, chicken, etc.) About 6 months ago she stopped eating again, so I went to the pet store to shop around for a new food for her to try.

That was when I noticed Merrick Backcountry Great Plains Red Recipe with freeze dried raw kibbles. We’d been looking into feeding our dogs an all raw or freeze dried raw diet for a while, but we weren’t sure if we were ready for that kind of commitment due to our frequent travels. We’d also had the most success with bison and beef based kibble, so I figured Great Plains Red was probably a good place to start. She took to this new food immediately and has even started getting excited about meal times!
As important as it was for us to find a good food for this dog to eat, the use of Merrick Backcountry Great Plains Red Recipe yielded some unexpected results in our other dog as well! While she was never over weight, she has lost a few pounds and her vet says she’s currently at her ideal weight. We’ve also noticed that while her coat used to be a little dull, coarse, and flaky, it is currently silky soft and almost glows in the right light. – Sandy