When I designate my puppies "show potential" or "pet quality" many factors go into it including markings, bite, gait, topline, personality, temperament, and so many other things that someone less familiar with the nuances of my particular breed may not see or understand. Just because a Maltese looks like a Maltese to an average lay person does not mean he/she is “show potential" and it certainly does not mean he/she should be bred.  Many of my puppies are placed on a “limited” AKC registration (pet only). This does not mean they are not show potential. It just means you are getting a PET ONLY!