As far as dogs are concerned, it's the most damning of insults.
A beloved basset hound has suffered the ultimate humiliation of being re-classified as a "very large cat" in order to overcome a dog ban in the place where he lives, the BBC reported.
Under the rules of Cambridge University's Selwyn College, dogs are not allowed anywhere on-site.
But, in the grand old tradition of English eccentricity, resident master Roger Mosey sidestepped the rules by persuading officials that his adored hound Yo-Yo was in fact, a very large cat.
Roger Mosey, who became master of Selwyn College last October, came to a "tongue-in-cheek" agreement with university bureaucrats to accommodate his "cat" - as felines are allowed on campus.
He also argued the case to the college council that a past master had in fact set a "dog-owning precedent" at Selwyn decades before.
Photo: Roger Mosey
"Many former masters have kept cats but the greatest master, Professor Owen Chadwick, did keep dogs during the 1950s, 60s and 70s," Mosey told the BBC.
The council duly made a note of the decision to allow the master to keep his "cat", with minutes that read:
"i. College Animal - Noting precedent under the mastership of Professor Chadwick, Council approved the Master's request to adopt a Very Large Cat in the Master's Lodge."
Quite what Yo-Yo makes of her re-branding is anyone's guess.
To add insult to injury, Mosey says he and Yo-Yo are frequently greeted with calls of "hey, I love your big cat" when strolling around the grounds.
Still, at least it's a red tape triumph in the name of the people. Or the cats. Or something.