The compound Dy5 Si2 Ge2 crystallizes in an orthorhombic structure (Sm5 Ge4 type, space group Pnma). Magnetization measurements performed in the temperature range of 2-300 K in applied fields up to 7 T reveal that this compound orders antiferromagnetically at 56 K (TN) but with a positive paramagnetic Curie temperature θP. Magnetization-field isotherms, obtained at 5 K and 20 K, display a field-induced antiferromagnetic to ferromagnetic transition. The magnetization approaches saturation in a field of 6 T with a moment value of ~8 μB Dy3+. Neutron diffraction measurements, carried out at 9.2 K, suggest that Dy moments arrange spirally along the a axis giving rise to a canted antiferromagnetic structure. The analysis of neutron diffraction data yields an ordered state magnetic moment of 7.63 μB per Dy3+ ion. © 2005 American Institute of Physics.