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72 of 73 people found the following review helpful
on March 1, 2014
Let's be honest. Customer Dog Food reviews pretty much all have a big lie. Would you review a steak dinner based on how your hair looks a week later? It didn't give you the runs? Pretty crude standards. You can't know how good a dog food is.

Unless you taste it. You have to taste lots of dog foods. Otherwise, you better look for a good dog psychic.

Lucky you. I tried it for you. And Merrick Real Buffalo and Sweet Potato is definitely right up there. In fact, if I had to eat a dry dog food as actual food, I'd pick Merrick hands down. Lower class dog foods often have a cardboard like non-food texture and little flavor beyond maybe a mild sweetness (from the sugar and corn maybe). Really top end stuff - like Orijen Regional Red - have a beef bouillion quality. Actually too densely flavorful for human food, but wow do dogs go for it (I use that for dog treats. Too $ for every meal).

Merrick tastes kind of like a beefy wheat cracker. Maybe like meat flavored wheat thins. Really not bad. It doesn't have the sweetness and saltiness of a human snack food, but if you added salt & sugar, this stuff would sell!

Of course, you can't go just by human taste alone. In fact, the Orijen is probably a higher quality food than the Merrick, but is less human palatable. And many dog foods add scent just for owners. But I think you do get a sense of the richness and quality of the ingredients. A really good dog food just tastes like there's more stuff in that little bit 'o kibble.

Merrick has other things going for it too: I think the ingredients are better than in many dog foods. The Buffalo in this food is Bison (American Buffalo), according to Merrick, as opposed to some that are actually Indian Buffalo (as in Calcutta not Native Americans). It's relatively low fiber. For my dog, if I feed him as much of some brands as he needs, it goes right through him because of the higher fiber content. Fiber has a turbo effect on dogs because of their shorter intestines. After switching to Merrick, I could increase his calories with no problem.

Merrick is a premium food, but not as expensive as some. And I think you would have to pay about 20% more to get the same protein content in a food with the same quality of ingredients. The Amazon price (currently 49.99 on 3/1/14) seems good to me. As good as I can get anywhere local - and with free (prime) shipping.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on February 27, 2013
If you want less shedding and a great shiny coat on your dog, then this is the ticket. I bought one bag and my dog loved it but it was pretty expensive so I switched to another brand (well known) and within two weeks my dog's coat was dull and the shedding was intense. So I've switched back to the Merrick brand and in just that two weeks, we are back to minimal shedding and a glossy coat. My German Shepherd loves this stuff!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on August 25, 2013
1) all made in USA, in Texas — OK!
2) no wheat or genetically modified corn — super!
3) dog likes it
4) his coat is in good shape

Yes, I would recommend this food and will buy again. My local pet store doesn't carry it, so Amazon to the rescue!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on February 13, 2014
Dog food for our family is a continuous research project. I always try to make sure we have the best possible kibble for our Mastiffs. It works! Our big boy is solid as a rock and 251 lbs. Our puppy who gets the Merrick Buffalo, is 5 months old and 85 lbs. His coat is awesome, his stools are perfect and we are able to feed less of this highly nutritious food to achieve the desired caloric intake and completely satisfy his nutritional requirements.

The Dog Food Advisor Website rates this food 5 out 5 stars (there aren't that many 5 star foods available) and my older dog food grading system works out an A++ for this food based on a system where you add points for good ingredients and deduct points for bad ingredients. Whether you decide to try this food or not always avoid feed with any kind of byproducts or corn or corn meal.

We do supplement the dry food from time to time with cooked sweet potato, cooked pumpkin, or cooked poultry. However, the Merrick is so complete, we do this less than with other dry foods. Furthermore, the Merrick is so tasty that they do not require add ins to make the food more palatable as with many dry foods. In fact, they love this food so much we are able to use the kibbles as training treats. :-)
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on November 14, 2012
The product was very good--my dog loves it. However, I will buy it locally next time, as it was almost $10 cheaper at a local pet supply store.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on January 2, 2014
This is the best grain free dog food I have found. It is not that much more expensive than competitive brands and is actually a little less costly than others. I have a Cocker Spaniel who has very sensitive skin an ears. She constantly had yeast in her ears and on her skin. The patches on her skin were so bad we medicated her with whatever the vet prescribed. I used medicated shampoos as well. NOTHING worked until I removed her from 'regular' dog food (we fed her the high-end lamb and rice formula, salmon and rice, etc.).This dog food made a difference almost immediately. Her skin cleared up, her ears cleared up and we have had very little problem since. I no longer take her to the vet for her skin and I do not have to use special shampoo for her. She now only gets bathed when she visits the groomer! I was having to give her multiple bathes every week. She was just miserable. I have fed her the duck and steak variety too. She likes them all! I have switched my other two dogs (Bichon and Yorkie-Poo) to this food and they love it! GO GRAIN FREE!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on August 13, 2013
My dog loves this food. I went thru several other brands but my dog is a little picky about her dry food.
She's been eating this for about a year and still likes it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on February 12, 2014
One of the best foods I've ever used and having bred, raised, and shown dogs over a period of 15+ years, I've had experience with numerous "premium" brands. As a grain-free formulation, it is much closer to what a canine in the wild would eat, thus being more available to a dog's digestive system. For a high energy, active dog like mine, this is a superior food. I did my research on Merrick and would highly recommend its products to anyone who wants to make sure his or her dog(s) gets the best nutrition available.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on July 23, 2015
Merrick was just bought out by the Purina dog food company; you can expect lower quality ingredients and cheaply made food now.

Merrick used to be good but they've sold out.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on July 23, 2013
It arrived fast and on time, shipping was cheap but the real plus is it seemed fresher than when I get it at petco! This food has complete transformed my dog, he used to have dry hair patches he chewed at but doesn't anymore, and he no longer has seizures. I believe he had a grain allergy so if your dog has seizures I suggest trying grain free food. Worth every penny.
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