We didn't have a gender problem with a pet store purchase but we had a size issue. We were in between dogs and I wasn't yet ready for a new one and the kids were begging for a pet. So…in a moment of weakness I let them get a rabbit that we were told was a pygmy rabbit and would stay really small. HA....that thing grew to be as big as a small dog! And BTW....a rabbit is not a good pet. It is worse than a basenji when it comes to damage. It stripped insulation off of wires, it ate carpeting, it chewed on furniture, and on and on. It got so big that we just let it have the run of the back yard...where it stripped bark off young trees, ate my azaleas, my border grass, and any other plant it could find. Finally, we bought a boxer puppy. When the rabbit started mounting the poor puppy, we found it a new home.
THAT is why our rabbit lived out side, quite happily, for nine years!
He had an awesome hutch though – it was about four feet long and maybe 18 inches deep, with a little shelf on either end to sit on. It had two doors, which we opened every morning, and a little ramp to hop down in to his own little yard. His yard was the whole 24 sq foot area under our grape vines, which dh had fenced for the bunny. It was awesome -- big leafy grape vines provided shade and munchies all summer!
He was a happy little bunny.
When he died, dh wasted NO TIME giving the hutch away and taking down his fence -- he was never as enthralled as I was with the bunny and wanted to ensure we didn't replace it. LOL