I am Ilana Kuliesiene. I can't imagine my life without breeding,
showing and training of dogs. My children Migle and Giedrius
also are enjoying the "doggy life". We are living in Vilnius,
capital of Lithuania. Our house is situated in a very nice place
on the edge of a city. Our dogs are spending a lot of time in
the yard, also we like to walk with them in the woods.
have been extremely fond of all animals since early childhood. I
was dreaming about a big and strong dog since I can remember
myself. My dreams came true when I was 13 - I got an East
European Ovcharka ("Soviet variant" of German sheepherd), a
female Aura. Then I was involved with dog shows and training.
Aura wasn't a top show-quality dog, but she did great in
obedience training and various competitions. Several years
latter I tried breeding and was captivated by a miracle of birth
and growth of living creatures.
My children help me a lot with grooming, walking and
show-training of my dogs. My daughter Migle goes to all the
shows with me, and helps me a lot near the ring. Also she
has some achievments in junior handling with our papillon
Ksena. My son Giedrius isn't admiring dog shows, but he
helps me a lot in raising of puppies.
Kennel "TAURAPILIS" ("the castle of aurochs") was registered in 1994,
when I already had almost 10 years experience in breeding. Taurapilis
started as a kennel of South Russian Ovcharka, and still is the best
known because of them. My biggest achievments in breeding and showing
are concerned with this marvellous breed. In 2000 I started breeding
papillons and griffons, and in 2007 - phalenes. The beginning was not
easy. I was the first breeder of these breeds in Lithuania. I still am
feeling new in the world of small dogs and must learn a lot.
I am lucky, because my hobby of showing and breeding allowed me to meet
a lot of wonderful people all over the world, and many of them became my
good friends. I am very thankful to all them for their support, advices,
cooperation and hearty friendship.