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I second what Kansa said. The short answer to your question is "No, the differences between American and European dogs wouldn't favour your criteria one way or the other." You can find responsible breeders breeding quality animals in every single line (Show, working, performance, european, north american, south american what have you)
I also do second the notion that, particularly show line breeders, will want to place show quality pups in show homes. Sometimes the difference between a show quality and a 'pet' quality pup within a same litter can be as simple as temperament. A very easy going steady eddy type dog is sometimes not suited for the show ring simply because they don't get excited showing off and it can be difficult for them to stand out in the ring as such. But they can make a great family pet. A breeder in my area earlier this year rehomed a 7-9 month old bitch they had kept as their pick puppy. She was gorgeous - but she hated showing.
All well bred pets come from purepose-bred litters whether that purpose is showing, performance or work. Pets are the "byproduct" if you will, of ethical breeding. There is no such thing as an entire litter that is work/show/performance quality, at least not at a high level. But that's ok because the vast majority of homes aren't going to be doing work/show/performance at a high level. It is perhaps more accurate that you are looking for a high quality pet from a well-bred litter.
I think in general you are likeliest to find what you're looking for in a show line litter (whether American or European), maybe a performance litter. While working litters will also produce non-serious working prospects, chances are they will still have higher drive and energy and really need some sort of outlet that a pet quality show or performance bred dog may not have to the same degree of intensity. You can still have fun with a dog that is active without it being 'edgy'.
Regarding health. There are no guarantees even with health testing. It will be really important to invest time in researching pedigrees and asking questions. When I got my girl I didn't just ask her breeder about the health behind her, I also went to the person that had bred her dam and asked questions about that side of the pedigree.