Merrick Whole Earth Farms Adult Dry Dog Food, 35-Pound Bag

Whole Earth Farms Adult 35-Pound bag: Formula with a great variety of protien sources. Multiple protein sources. Made in the USA. Natural

Quick facts

  • Multiple protein sources
  • Made in the USA
  • Natural pet food

Top reviews

Dog didn’t like it and it caused vomiting

Switched from Canidae Pure Grain-Free Formula because it caused an allergic reaction to Merrick Whole Earth Formula because it was rated so highly and was affordable for a graduate student. Unfortunately, while the Canidae caused my dog to shed fur everywhere and lose patches of his fur, he immediately disliked Merrick and would refuse to eat it. This is a dog that eats everything that you hand him, so I was initially surprised. Then, I realized after observing him attempt to eat the food for about a week that he was eating it fast and throwing it back up. I understand that dogs that eat fast will sometimes choke but this never occurred before with Canidae. Then, after about a week of eating, choking, throwing it back up, and eating it again (gross, I know) he began to refuse to eat it altogether – missing meal times and sullenly looking at me for half the day until he was starving enough to eat a couple of bites. After thinking about whether it would be spoiling him if I just shucked the entire bag I’d bought and try another brand, he tore me down when I noticed that he was losing weight, after having already experienced rampant allergic weight loss on Canidae. So, I switched to another brand today and observed: he tore into that new brand of dog food like today was his last day on earth.

So, to conclude: Merrick Whole Earth Farms Dry Food is really affordable and offers quality ingredients – although it is not grain-free, the merits of grain-free are still being contested by dog nutritionists and its expensiveness (in my opinion) is the same expense that individuals would pay at the onset of the Atkins fad – which are being given to the consumer at a good, affordable price. It is really unbecoming of the dog food market in general that consumers are forced to pay unholy prices to feed their dogs something that isn’t made out of processed chicken by-products so Merrick gets an extra star from me just because there are so few foods out there that challenge its affordability balanced with quality. Unfortunately, no matter how good the price is, if your dog won’t eat it, its a waste.

EricLindon, UT

3x Paws Up!

I have 3 dogs ranging in size and age: 8 year old Husky Medium/Large, >1 year old SharLab midsize, and a Rot/Pit/Shepard/Lab 4 years old thats a beast (huge)!

Anyway, these 3 dogs are now on the Merrick Whole Earth foods and loving it! Prior to this food I have tried everything, including prescription food which was dog dependent so it got REALLY exspensive fast. Merrick food is very reasonably priced and the ingridients were well chosen (designed well for overall health).

The husky: Very VERY picky eater. She refuses almost anything you put in front of her, many times she would skip 3 or 4 meals just because it did not appeal to her. She does not eat this food with gusto (as her favorite meal is salmon and cornbread stolen from a plate) but she does eat this food with little hesitation and she seems to be doing well (unfortunately we need to put her on senior diet as shes pudging up a bit)

The SharLab: Shes a new adition so her dietary habbits are that of a puppy, eat everything and anything. However recent vet visits have found her in tip-top health.

The Rot/Pit/Shepard/Lab: This poor dog… lets just say anything that could have gone wrong to him did before he was adopted. He has extreme allergic reactions (hair loss, skin rashes, skin breaks and drying), digestive issues (gas, vomits mostly), behavioral issues linked to inncident before being adopted :[ (anger management, compulsive doggy disorder, extreme doggy depression when his humans arent around) and then some… anyway from this laundry list of defects it seems that his diet controlled many of the “flare ups” that he had. Lets say I’ve tried him on at least 10 foods, merrick has been the best so far. Since this food his gas has reduced, he no longer is having allergic puff ups or hair loss, he is maintaining a healthy weight, he no longer vomits everywhere, urinary infections have ceased to exist, his energy level has normalized he no longer runs around like he is on caffeine nor does he mope around. He seems to be doing really well with this food.

Food is the owners choice, this one works for all three dogs and has helped my problem dog immensley! If you are going to try it buy the smaller bag first and see how your pooch responds to it (remember to transition slowly to any new food!) I like this food and will stick with it!

BennieClara, MS

Switched from Chicken Soup 4 Dog lovers soul

During the last recall (not the 1st for them) I bought this and like it better then CSFDLS. Dogs like it and I feel better with a product that has not been recalled. Quality Control and Poor Custome service during the recall lost me and this dog food fits the bill and is about same price..THANKS!
LarueKenyon, MN

A year into this food…all good.

We’ve been feeding this to our 2 year old Golden for about a year now and she’s doing very well with it. As a puppy coming from a shelter, she was used to eating junk as in Pedigree Puppy food, and at first was not liking Merrick’s main brands. We decided to try Whole Earth…. she loves it and is healthy and full of energy. On top of that, its cheaper than Merrick’s other brands.
DawnBellville, TX

Excellent dog food!

This has to be the best grain-based dry dog food in this price range. Chicken meal and turkey meal are the main sources of animal protein, and the only “controversial” ingredient is the tomato pomace (byproduct of processing tomatoes, some people believe it to be a cheap filler for dog foods). This ingredient is so far down the list that it likely makes no difference. This product has been rated as an “above average dry dog food” earning 4 stars with DogFoodAdvisor. The great thing about this dog food is that it is in the price range of 2 and 3 star foods (foods I wouldn’t recommend)

On to the other important point, do dogs like the taste? My dog, a lab/pit/mutt is quite a picky eater. Many times I have purchased dog food that she hated and had to give it away. However, she loves this food! My brother’s lab mix also loves this food. No gas, no “smelly” poops, no problems!

Any more pluses? Made in the USA, natural ingredients and a great brand of dog food (only one recall in 09/10 for their beef filet square treats)!

JoeMarengo, WI

Merrick Whole Earth Farms dog food purchased from Amazon

I ordered the Merrick Whole Earth Farms dog food from Amazon because I live in a small rural town where there are not many healthy dog food options. I have 8 big dogs -all rescues. I had been feeding the Diamond Large Breed All Natural for quite a while. My dogs, who tend to be good, non-picky eaters, started being fussy about eating it. Since I bought 10 bags at a time and dumped them into big cans for storage, I never had numbers to check for Diamond’s frequent recalls. I gave up on Diamond.

I ordered Merrick Whole Earth Farms based on comments from other reviewers which were essentially all positive. There are no questionable ingredients according to dogfoodadvisor.com. My dogs seem to like it. They are 7 Standard Poodles and a Bluetick Hound/Dalmatian mix, age 2-14. I have 22 acres fenced and a room with a doggie door, so they play outside most of the day while I am at work. They eat about 2 cups each twice a day.

I will buy Merrick Whole Earth Farms dog food again and I highly recommend it to other dog owners.

KarynCutler, ME

dog food trouble

Trouble doesn’t like this dog food – will have to donate this to the humane society and go back to his salmon based food.
LangHuntsville, AL

Great food, organic, dogs love it!!!

My dog has had so many different skin problems throughout her life. Since she started eating this food, I swear they disappeared! No more flaky, red, itchy skin. She loves the food and it’s good for my other dog too 🙂 Win Win!
KariDeerfield, MO

Can’t say I’d recommend

I really wanted to love this dog food, unfortunately, it just didn’t work out. I had my 1 1/2 year old Siberian Husky on it for six months, and while he didn’t lose weight during that time, he would regularly skip 2-3 meals. His bowel movements became very liquidy, and he had to go poop so many times every day. It even got to the point that his stomach would be so upset that he would just go in the house – keep in mind that this is a fully potty trained dog. He just never seemed to enjoy this food, and it never seemed to sit well with his stomach. The final straw was when the bag I received from amazon had a horrible odor to it and 1/4 of the pieces of food in the bag seemed covered in mold. It had definitely gone bad. I’m not sure if that was amazon’s fault, or an issue with the manufacturer, but either way, I pulled my dog off of this food.

The ingredients in the food are quality and it is reasonably priced, but unfortunately it just didn’t sit right with my pup.

ArdithWells, NV

Great dog food!

I am very pleased with this dog food. The ingredients are all whole food and things you know and understand. I have two large dogs and they just gobble it up. Shipping is free and suprisingly fast. Very pleased.
TrudiUrbana, IA

Premium/ Good Price

I have two indoor adult bloodhound dogs each 100 lbs..
They eat 4 cups of Merrick Whole Earth Farms Adult Dry
Dog Food per day..

It’s hard to speak for the dogs but based on the fact that
they eat it all at feeding time, it’s probably good tasting
to them. I have not once had them turn their noses up.

My observation is that the ingredients are wholesome,Its a mix
of some pretty delicious meats, veggies..No corn, no grain..

The dog food is a dark brown all solid color.. consistent small bites.

Some talk about the dog’s poop being better in some way..it didn’t
change anything about that, nor did their weight increase..but I
measure and feed based on how active they are on that day..

If I could change just one thing about this food, it would be to
not use a tomato paste (filler in my opinion) and to make the
pieces bigger for my dogs chewing pleasure..

Will buy again, quick shipment as promised, even earlier..

JanetEldridge, IA

Great dog food at a great price…delivered to your door!

We have a 70 lbs lab mix and have been using the Merrick brand for a while. I just came across the Whole Earth Farms type and decided to try it. Our dog never had any food allergies and has never been particularly picky about what he eats and seems to like the taste of this. We tend to add a little bit of warm water to the dry food, which creates a nice mix. This seems to be good quality food at a very good price. Love the fact that I can order this via Amazon Prime and have it delivered in 2 days!
TwannaLake Hughes, CA

Excellent dog food

Very pleased with this healthy and affordable dog food. My greyhound loves it and his stools are smaller and firm on this kibble. Absolutely no problems with gas or loose stools during the transition to this kibble or after.
LuannNewhall, CA

One month in

(Only 4 stars because it’s just been a couple of weeks so far.)

I switched my 11 month old rottie puppy over to this from Merrick Before Grain #3 Buffalo Dry Dog Food, 25.3-Pound Bag because it’s cheaper and she’d shown no signs of a grain allergy overall. She loves it, and I’ve seen no sign of digestive problems thus far. She’s got a fairly easy stomach, so I didn’t phase her over too carefully, but she had no noticeable issues with the change (probably helped by the change within the same brand, of course.) She eats a little less than when she was on the Buffalo–3-4.5 cups a day instead of 4-5 cups. It’s possible that I have a little more to clean up, you know, afterwards, but not a noticeable amount (I’m a city dweller, so this is an important factor in dog food.)

My cat is still on the Merrick Before Grain #1 Chicken Dry Cat Food, 11.1 Pound Bag, but while cats are obligate carnivores, I have no problem with grains in a dog diet, as long as they’re in moderation and the dog isn’t sensitive to them. Of course, the cat preferred the puppy’s food when she was getting Buffalo, but he is willing to compromise his ideals for the occasional nibble of this stuff too.

MickieOlathe, CO