I agree with Pope. The cat will definitely handle itself and let the dog know what's what with a couple of angry swipes!
My dogs that came after we had our cat know where the boundary lies. Of course, they play and wrestle quite frequently as the cat thought they were his playmates when they first came home as they were smaller than him, they obviously grew quickly in size, but that never deterred him. They do play rough sometimes, but like I said he lets them know when they cross that line and they back off. I've never had to step in either....
I also have a little dog (who is 5 months) and two cats... The pup chases both cats around the apartment, the older cat doesn't tolerate it at all...and the pup usually remembers as soon as she's within swatting range. The younger cat and the pup play constantly, but there's always "vertical spaces" the cats can escape to. Just remember...if you allow the dog to chase the cats in the house without consequence ("no", "come", "down", "stay", etc..), don't be surprised when they take off after a squirrel/cat/other dog outside and refuse to listen when called. Dogs learn what they live.
Important points made. Some dogs also have a high prey drive...usually depending on what they were originally bred for.
My schnauzer will give chase to anything that runs. (Terriers originally used as ratters.) This does not doom small animals necessarily, just keeps the kitties and squirrels in our neighborhood on their toes. We once had a baby bird bouncing around our yard for a couple days. My dogs kept running over to exactly where it was and sniffing it, my mini tends to act like a mother hen. It moved along through the chain link to the neighbors yard, and their chihuahua tore it to shreds before I could get over there fast enough one morning when I took my dogs out.
What type of puppy is yours? Might just be part of the bonus added spunk that is your dog.
I don't think a small pom will hurt a cat. It sounds like a younger dog and they need to play. With the play time, your dog will learn it's limits. Cats will be able to put a dog of this size in it's place. On top of that cats have better "4 wheel drive" then dogs and will escape or just knock the snot out of the dog. JMHO
I like him a lot better than I like most people. To you he's a dog. TO me he's an adopted son who is short, hairy, walks on all fours and doesn't speak clearly. I have no problem with any of these. <
We had Ugg (our cat) first and then came Bentley our toy poodle-bichon frise mix puppy. It took a few days but Ugg and Bentley were best friends and played together all day long and even slept together. Then we got Daisy, anther puppy and Ugg wasnt liking that at all and since really doesnt play with the dogs anymore. And recently added Louie anther pup and Ugg is pissy with all of them and hisses when they just walk by. But the dogs will gang up on UGG and pin him in the corner trying to play, they lick him and they arnt rough but i think to many of them at once. So i am always on the dogs to leave Ugg alone which Ugg does run and jump up on things to get away from them. But they all do sleep together and can hang out together but when the dogs want to play, Ugg isnt happy. And just a week ago I found a starving homeless female kitten i brought home, Ugg is really mad now- hes back to hissing even at the dogs when they are just in his area. Gabby (the new kitten) really wants Uggs attention and is trying to get closer to him with out him hissing at her. Its been almost a week and Ugg now will be in the same room with the rest of them. But hes been in the basement and wouldnt come up untill yesterday and now i see him letting the baby sit by him, but not for long, then he hisses and walks away.
Ugg is a fat lazy cat and isnt playful. So they all do get along if they just leave him alone and not run after him and pin him in the corner to lick him.lol
But Ugg was the first here and i really believe that every time i bring home a new pet i see him give me the look like Not again. lol Poor guy