Back in elementary school, about in 1999, I read a fantasy novel, I think it was called "land of gold" or something but I may be completely off in this.
The plot was about a group people and a dragon. The people were looking for other dragons because they were concerned the dragon with them might be the last of its (her? not sure) kind. They followed up several leads and encountered a number of non dragon but draconic creatures.
In the end they do find another dragon and everything is resolved happily. The dragon with them is intelligent and can talk.
The novel is a stand alone and not part of any series. If anyone knows the book I'm talking about I'd be very grateful. I believe the novel was a young adult novel but I am uncertain.