Don't let it get you down though. There are many things you can do with a fine Euro pup. They are right about IABCA. I don't even think they judge against other dogs, just against the breed standard as set. It's a bit too easy to get a title. IMO. You can tell the diffence on the titles by what comes first. an American Champion, one who finished with points in the US. Will look like this...
Am Ch. "NAME"
Or, Can/Am Ch "NAME"
(Can it go Am/Can Ch.?) Anywho, the "Int. Ch." is a title given by the IABCA. And is common in European dogs. It's not quite a bad thing. (Though I question how they do things at times.)
If you must do comformation in the states, you can try out UKC shows. It's great practice, and they don't look at who's handling.
Other great choices for the Euro dobe are Obedieance, Agility, Search &Rescue, and Schutzhund. Get in touch with your local dog clubs, and see what they have to offer. I know most offer handling classes as well.
Good Luck, and I would love to see your baby!