Butch was featured in Pluto's cartoons as the main antagonist/obstacle Pluto would face. He was first seen in the cartoon "Pluto's Arrow Error" where he and Pluto compete for the love of Dinah the Dachshund.
In the CGI series, Butch is revealed to be the pet of Pete and has brown fur in contrast to his gray fur from prior roles. Here, Butch is featured as Pete's closest friend and sidekick. He first appears in the episode "Pluto's Best" where he and Pluto competed in a dog show. Butch was later seen in the episode "Bubble Trouble" where he and Pete are making sandcastles when Mickey and Pluto arrive floating in bubbles. Pete and Butch use a beach towel to cover a nearby cactus to prevent them from falling. Also in this cartoon, Pete reveals that Butch is actually a Labrador. A picture of Butch and Pluto was seen in the episode "Mickey's Surprise Party" as a part of a puzzle.